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UNC Asheville opens NCAA tourney with 81-77 OT win over UALR

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UNC Asheville opens NCAA tourney with 81-77 OT win over UALR

Way to represent the SBC in a Play-In Game.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP)—Matt Dickey and the Bulldogs were quite an opening act on the NCAA tournament’s expanded stage, one that has more teams in the brackets and—so far—the same March drama on the court.

Dickey led a late run that brought overtime, and J.P. Primm hit five free throws and had a decisive steal in the closing seconds, sending UNC Asheville to an 81-77 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock in a dramatic “First Four” opener on Tuesday night.

“I’ll tell you what, I couldn’t be happier with the city of Dayton,” coach Eddie Biedenbach said.

There wasn’t time for a curtain call. The Bulldogs (20-13) quickly headed to the airport for a charter flight to Washington, D.C., where they’ll play Pittsburgh—the Southeast’s top seed—on Thursday. The Bulldogs had never flown a charter before this week, and joked they felt “presidential” on their trip to Dayton.

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