Sam Hughes chipped in 13 points for UNC Asheville (14-7, 7-2 Big South).
UNC Asheville opened on a 15-3 run and built a 37-30 halftime lead. Darius Moore made a 3-pointer to pull the Blue Hose to 46-45 with 10:43 remaining. The Bulldogs answered with a 17-2 run and led 63-47 with 2:40 to play. Sutton scored five points, and the Blue Hose missed seven shots and committed eight turnovers during the stretch.
The Bulldogs forced 21 turnovers. Smith and Hughes led with four steals apiece.