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UNC Asheville outlasts Furman 67-65 with buzzer-beater

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Dylan Smith scored the game-winning jump shot at the buzzer and UNC Asheville defeated Furman 67-65 Tuesday night.

Smith and Furman's Stephen Croone battled in the final minute. Croone scored Furman's last five points - pulling the Paladins from a point behind to a one-point lead, and then a 65-65 tie with 21 seconds left.

Smith, for his part, scored the last seven points for UNC Asheville (8-5). His two free throws broke a 60-60 tie, a 3-pointer with 28 seconds to play put the Bulldogs up 65-63, and his mini-run ended with the game-winner as time expired.

Kevin Vannatta scored 21 points and Smith 20 for UNC Asheville.

Croone and Devin Sibley scored 16 each to lead Furman (6-7).

Furman reeled off six unanswered points - Matt Rafferty on a jumper and a 3, and Sibley a free throw - to tie at 60-60 with under two minutes left.