N.C.-Asheville 70, Auburn 69

Matt Dickey had 18 points and J.P. Primm 16 to lead North

Carolina-Asheville to a 70-69 overtime win over Auburn on Friday

night, spoiling new Tigers coach Tony Barbee’s debut.

The Bulldogs erased a 16-point halftime deficit and forced

overtime on forward John Williams’ putback with 33 seconds

left.

UNC Asheville built a five-point lead in overtime that Auburn

managed to trim to one. Tigers point guard Josh Wallace had a

chance at the game-winning basket in the final seconds but turned

the ball over while driving to the hoop.

It spoiled the christening of the $86 million Auburn Arena, the

Tigers’ new home after spending 42 years across the street at

Beard-Eaves-Memorial Stadium.

Four players reached double figures for Auburn. Kenny Gabriel

finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Allen Payne scored 14

points, Earnest Ross 12 and Andre Malone 11.