ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s basketball team returns to the hardwood Wednesday night when the Bulldogs travel to High Point for a key Big South Conference game at the Millis Center starting at 7 p.m. The game will be audio-streamed at www.uncabulldogs.com and can be seen on The Edge for a small fee at www.bigsouthsports.com.
UNC Asheville (12-14, 8-7 BSC) is trying to bounce back from a heart-breaking 66-65 defeat on Saturday to Big South Conference-leader Radford at Justice Center. The Bulldogs led most of the way against the Highlanders but just couldn’t put Radford away in the end.
"We really played pretty well against Radford but had some crucial mistakes that will cost you in a close game," commented UNC Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. "It was a tough loss but hopefully we’ll learn from it and be better the next time we get in that situation."
Biedenbach and his staff expect a tough game with a resurgent High Point squad on Wednesday. The Panthers (8-17, 4-11 BSC) have won three of their last four games, including victories over Winthrop and Gardner-Webb. Freshman guard Nick Barbour is averaging 13.9 points per game and knocked down 56 treys. Guard Eugene Harris is scoring 12.3 points per game and has 53 treys. The Bulldogs edged High Point 61-59 back on Jan. 13 at Justice Center in a game that the Panthers led most of the game.
"High Point is a tough match-up for us," said Biedenbach. "We have always had our hands full with them, and we were fortunate to beat them earlier this season. High Point has had a tough year with some close losses but they’re playing quite well right now."
The Millis Center has not been a place the Bulldogs have enjoyed playing at over the years. Asheville has lost five straight at High Point by an average margin of 18.8 points per game. The Dogs last win here came during the regular-season of the 2003-04 campaign when Asheville edged the Panthers, 78-73.
Senior forward Reid Augst leads the Bulldogs in scoring with a 15.5 average. John Williams has a 12.2 scoring average and leads the team in rebounding (6.8) and blocked shots (53). Matt Dickey has a 10.3 scoring average. Sean Smith is at 10.0 points per game and tops the club in three-pointers made with 57.
NOTES: Eddie Biedenbach has 104 Big South Conference victories and is tied with former Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall for second all-time in that category…UNC Asheville has five players averaging in double-figures in scoring in league games…the Bulldogs have been out-rebounded in 11 of their last 12 games…Sean Smith has 115 made three-pointers in his career and needs just two to pass Brandon Carter (116) into ninth place on the school’s all-time career list…Reid Augst is 12-of-16 from the three-point line in the last four games.