Miller missed a pull-up jumper, Jonathan Baehre grabbed an offensive rebound in the corner and Asheville called a timeout with 21.7 seconds left. MaCio Teague, averaging 85.7 percent from the line, was fouled with 19.5 to go and hit two free throws for a 63-60 lead.
Gardner-Webb turned it over near midcourt against a zone defense with 8.3 seconds to go and Teague sealed it from the line.
Thomas was 6-of-15 shooting in the first half for 12 points as UNC Asheville (13-9, 6-3 Big South) trailed 31-29. He finished 11 of 25 from the field as Asheville shot 37.1 percent.
No. 10 Kentucky survives persistent VMI 92-82
Quade Green came off the bench to score a season-high 17 points, including five in the final 90 seconds, to help No. 10 Kentucky hold off VMI 92-82 on Sunday night.
Michigan State ties biggest win, 101-33 over Tennessee Tech
Nick Ward scored 23 points and Cassius Winston added 19 to lead No. 11 Michigan State to a 101-33 victory against Tennessee Tech on Sunday, tying the largest margin of victory in program history.
VMI sets 3-point record at Rupp Arena
Tyler Creammer hits VMI's 19th 3-pointer of the game, an opponent record at Rupp Arena.