ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Ahmad Thomas scored 24 points and UNC Asheville held off Campbell for an 85-79 victory Saturday in a Big South opener.
MaCio Teague scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half with his jumper and two free throws giving Asheville (8-6) an 11-point lead with 3:25 to go.
Chris Clemons scored five points in an 11-2 run that got the Camels (6-7) back within two, 79-77, with 33 seconds left but the Bulldogs made 6 of 7 free throws from there with Campbell getting just a dunk from Andrew Eudy.
Thomas scored 16 points in the first half including six during a 16-6 run that overcame a Campbell lead. The Bulldogs led 43-40 at the break.
Clemons, the Big South's leading scorer, had 25 points to extend the nation's longest active double-figure scoring streak to 61 games.
Jim Calhoun, who has a career record of 873-380 and led UConn to three national titles before retiring in 2012, has been hired as coach at Saint Joseph.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott believes a tentative ruling making show-cause orders illegal in California would threaten NCAA membership for state schools.
Guard James Bouknight, ranked 87th in the ESPN 100, is the first player from the Class of 2019 to commit to UConn and first-year coach Dan Hurley.