Blanton’s 24 lead Eastern Kentucky over UNC Asheville 77-75

ATLANTA (AP) — Devontae Blanton had 24 points in Eastern Kentucky’s 77-75 win over UNC Asheville on Saturday night.

Blanton hit two free throws with 16 seconds left to give the Colonels a 75-69 lead, but Fletcher Abee hit a 3 to make it 75-72. Tayshawn Comer added two free throws to push the lead to 77-72 with three seconds left, but Trent Stephney hit a 3 at the buzzer to set the final margin.

Blanton added seven rebounds for the Colonels (3-2). Michael Moreno scored 19 points and added six rebounds. Isaiah Cozart finished 4 of 5 from the floor to finish with 10 points, while adding six rebounds and three blocks.

Drew Pember led the way for the Bulldogs (3-1) with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Jamon Battle added 12 points and three steals for UNC Asheville. In addition, Tajion Jones had 12 points.

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Both teams play again on Sunday. Eastern Kentucky takes on Texas A&M-Commerce and UNC Asheville travels to play Georgia State.

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