UTC men win at UNC Asheville to finish 3-0 road swing

Staff file photo by Troy Stolt / UTC guard Malachi Smith averaged 27.3 points and seven rebounds per game during the Mocs' 3-0 road swing that wrapped up with Wednesday's win against UNC Asheville. UTC hosts Tennessee Wesleyan on Sunday.

Malachi Smith continued his hot play, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball team won its 11th consecutive nonconference road game by defeating UNC Asheville 78-73 on Wednesday at Kimmel Arena in North Carolina.

The Mocs (8-1), who have won 19 of their past 20 nonconference games, host NAIA program Tennessee Wesleyan (10-2) at 2 p.m. Sunday at McKenzie Arena before a pair of huge road tests next week against Belmont (Dec. 15) and Murray State (Dec. 18).

UTC shot 57% from the field in the first half in building a 39-26 advantage at the break, then stretched that lead to 15 points in the second half before the Bulldogs (5-4) hit six 3-pointers in a six-minute span, five coming from Taijon Jones.