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Bulldogs Live to Start on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Scully’s

Friday, October 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The UNC Asheville men’s and women’s basketball radio show – Bulldogs’ Live – is returning for its sixth year starting on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Scully’s Signature Restaurant on 13 Walnut Street from 6-7 p.m. The show will be broadcast on WISE Radio (1310-AM). Each week the show will provide an update on both Bulldog basketball teams.

The show will move to Wednesday’s this year after being on Thursday the past five seasons. The move was necessary due to the men’s basketball team playing six Big South Conference games on Thursday this year.

Bulldogs’ Live will feature comments from head men’s coach Eddie Biedenbach and women’s coach Betsy Blose plus a chance for callers to ask questions of each coach. Both Bulldog teams will have players on the show from time-to-time.

“We are delighted that WISE Radio and Scully’s is allowing us to have Bulldogs Live yet again this year,” commented Biedenbach. “This is a great opportunity for our fans to interact with both of our basketball programs.”

“I’m really happy that Bulldogs’ Live is back for another year,” stated Blose. “It’s a wonderful show that gives us a chance to promote our programs and be with our great fans.”

UNC Asheville Women’s Basketball Hires New Assistant Coach

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville women’s basketball coach Betsy Blose has announced the hiring of former Eastern Kentucky assistant Curtis Metten as an assistant coach with the Bulldog program, upon the approval of the school’s Board of Trustees. Blose made the announcement on Thursday.

“We are delighted that Curtis has joined our coaching staff,” stated Blose. “I’ve known him for more than 10 years and he brings loads of college coaching and recruiting experience to our program. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Metten had served as an assistant men’s basketball coach the past two years at his alma mater, Davis & Elkins. Previously to his time at Davis & Elkins, Metten had been an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at Eastern Kentucky University for six years (2000-06). He was a part of two Ohio Valley Conference championship teams and helped the Colonels advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2005.

Metten was a two-sport standout at Davis & Elkins. He was a four-year starter for the basketball team where he saw action at every position. As a senior captain, he averaged 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals a game. He was also the starting shortstop/centerfielder for the school’s baseball team, leading the Senators to the 1995 WVIAC Northern Division Championship.

UNCA Bulldogs Face Radford in Semifinals on Thursday

Friday, March 6th, 2009

RADFORD, VA. – The UNC Asheville men’s basketball team will take on top-seeded Radford Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2009 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Tournament at the Dedmon Center starting at 8 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPNU and broadcast on WISE Radio (1310-AM).

The fourth-seeded Bulldogs (15-15) advanced to the semifinals with a hard-fought 76-68 victory over fifth-seeded Winthrop Tuesday night before an energized crowd of 1,008 at Justice Center. It marks the third straight year that UNC Asheville has gotten to the semifinals of the tournament.

The Bulldogs face a tough challenge with the regular-season champion Highlanders (19-11). Radford beat Asheville twice this season and both were close games. The Highlanders edged the Bulldogs 98-88 in overtime on Jan. 10 in overtime and slipped past Asheville 66-65 at Justice Center on Feb. 24.

"We played well in both games, but Radford made big plays when it had to make them," commented Bulldog head coach Eddie Biedenbach. "I’ve thought from the start of the year that Radford would be very tough to beat in our league and that’s proven to be true. They have great size and know how to use it. We’re going to have to slow their inside game down and do a better job on the boards."

Biedenbach is proud of his young team for its performance against Winthrop. The Eagles beat the Bulldogs both times this year but Asheville led from start to finish on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs scored the first 14 points of the game and got 27 points from senior forward Reid Augst.

"We really came out and played well from the start against Winthrop," said Biedenbach. "We fought hard for 40 minutes, played good defense and did a great job on offense in the first half. I thought we should have finished the game better than we did but our effort was just sensational."

The winner of Thursday’s game will play in the championship game on Saturday at 4 p.m. against either second-seeded VMI or third-seeded Liberty. Those two teams will play at Radford starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the other semifinal game.

Bulldogs Roar Past Winthrop 76-68; Face Top-Seed Radford on Thursday

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Reid Augst scored 27 points to lead fourth-seeded UNC Asheville to a 76-68 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference quarterfinals victory over fifth-seeded Winthrop at Justice Center Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs (15-15) advance to the semifinals for the third straight year and will face top-seeded Radford on Thursday night on the Highlanders home court starting at 8 p.m. live on ESPNU. The Eagles (11-19) steak of four straight Big South Conference championships came to an end on Tuesday. The loss snapped a 12-game Big South Tournament winning streak for Winthrop.

Augst was 9-of-15 from the field, 7-of-10 from thee free throw line and grabbed six rebounds to help UNC Asheville snap a three-game losing streak to Winthrop dating back to last season. Sean Smith added 15 points for the home team, while Matt Dickey added 12 points. John Williams came close to a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

The Eagles were led by freshman Andre Jones with 18 points. Charles Corbin came off the bench and scored 15 points and collected 10 rebounds. Mantoris Robinson finished with 14 points, while Byron Faison chipped in 13 points.

The Bulldogs took control of the game quickly as they scored the first 14 points of the game, holding the Eagles scoreless for the first six minutes. Augst had eight points in the early run that stopped when Jones knocked down a trey.

The Bulldogs shot 55 percent (16-of-29) from the field in the first half and led 45-32 at halftime.

In the second half, Asheville pushed the lead to 17 at 62-45 on a jumper from Dickey with 11:28 left. Winthrop went on a 15-3 run to claw its way back in the game as Jones knocked down a three-pointer to cut the lead to 67-63 at the 5:42 mark.

The Bulldogs got the lead back to eight at 71-63 on four free throws before the Eagles made one more push and closed to 71-66 on a Corbin trey at the 1:53 mark. Winthrop had a chance to get closer but Corbin missed the front end of a one-and-one at the 58-second mark. Asheville got a free throw from J.P. Primm to make it 72-66 before Corbin scored on a rebound bucket to narrow the lead to 72-68 with seven seconds left.

The Bulldogs sealed the victory by making four straight free throws in the final seven seconds to end a two-game Big South Tournament losing streak to Winthrop. The Eagles had beaten Asheville in the semifinals of the 2007 Big South Tournament and championship game of last year’s tournament.

UNC Asheville Faces Winthrop in First Round of Big South Men’s Tournament

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – In a re-match of last year’s Big South Championship Game, UNC Asheville will host Winthrop at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Justice Center in the first round of the 2009 Advance Auto-Parts Big South Championships.

The Tournament seedings were announced after the completion of Saturday night’s games. UNC Asheville dropped its regular season finale at Presbyterian 76-61. The win by Presbyterian coupled with victories by Winthrop (70-50 over Coastal Carolina) and Gardner-Webb (68-59 over Charleston Southern) left a three-way tie for fifth place in the conference standings. Although Presbyterian is not eligible for post-season play, the Blue Hose are factored into tiebreakers. Winthrop went 3-1 against PC and GWU while Gardner-Webb went 2-2 against Winthrop and Presbyterian giving the Eagles fifth place.

Gardner-Webb ends up in sixth place and will face Liberty at Vines Center on Tuesday. Radford won the regular season title and earns the No. 1 seed. It will face No. 8 seed High Point at Dedmon Center. No. 2 seed VMI will host No. 7 seed Coastal Carolina at Cameron Hall. All of Tuesday’s quarterfinal match-ups will begin at 7 p.m.

The semifinals will be at Radford’s Dedmon Center on Thursday, March 5. Both semifinal games will be broadcast on ESPNU at 6 and 8 p.m. The finals will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on Saturday, March 7, at 4 p.m. The Championship Game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

This will mark the third straight year that UNC Asheville has played Winthrop in the Big South Tournament. The Eagles won both meetings against the Bulldogs this season, winning 87-67 at Winthrop on Jan. 17 and 56-49 at Justice Center on Jan. 28.

UNC Asheville knocked off Winthrop in the semifinals of the 2003 Big South Tournament on its way to its only NCAA appearance.

Tuesday’s quarterfinal will be video streamed at www.bigsouthsports.com for a small fee. The will be broadcast in the Asheville area on AM-1310/970 WISE.

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, March 3 (at top four seeds)

Game 1: No. 2 VMI hosts No. 7 Coastal Carolina, 7:00pm ET (at Lexington, Va.)

Game 2: No. 3 Liberty hosts No. 6 Gardner-Webb, 7:00pm ET (at Lynchburg, Va.), TV: FTN

Game 3: No. 1 Radford hosts No. 8 High Point, 7:00pm ET (at Radford, Va.)

Game 4: No. 4 UNC Asheville hosts No. 5 Winthrop, 7:00pm ET (at Asheville, N.C.)

Semifinals – Thursday, March 5 (at Dedmon Center, Radford, Va.)

Game 5: Semifinals – No. 2/No. 7 winner vs. No. 3/No. 6 winner, 6:00pm ET; TV: ESPNU

Game 6: Semifinals – No. 1/No. 8 winner vs. No. 4/No. 5 winner, 8:00pm ET; TV: ESPNU

Championship – Saturday, March 7 (at highest remaining seed)

Game 7: Championship – Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 4:00pm ET; TV: E

Williams Leads UNCA Bulldogs Past High Point in Overtime 81-78

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

HIGH POINT, N.C. – John Williams scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead UNC Asheville to a thrilling 81-78 overtime victory at High Point Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs (13-14, 9-7 BSC) won for the fourth time in the last five games and won their third straight overtime game. It was Asheville’s first win at High Point since the 2003-04 season.

Williams went 11-of-14 from the field and 10-of-14 from the free throw line. He scored eight points in overtime.

Sean Smith added 19 points for the Bulldogs, while Matt Dickey chipped in 11 points. Cruz Daniels led the Panthers (8-18, 4-12 BSC) with a career-best 25 points and 15 rebounds.

"I’m really proud of our guys for battling hard and winning the game," said UNC Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. "We should have won the game in regulation but did a great job in overtime and got some key offensive rebounds."

Asheville led 79-78 with 32 seconds left in overtime when the Bulldogs fouled David Singleton. Singleton missed both free throws that would have given the Panthers the lead. Williams got the rebound and was fouled. He hit one free throw that pushed the lead to 80-78.

Williams got another key offensive rebound with nine seconds left and made a free throw to get the lead to 81-78. High Point had a chance to tie but Nick Barbour’s three-pointer was short and the Bulldogs escaped with the victory.

The Panthers tied the game at the end of regulation when Eugene Harris hit a 15-footer as the buzzer sounded to make it 70-70. Williams had given the Bulldogs the lead with five seconds left when he scored on a dunk.

UNC Asheville led for much of the first half thanks to great shooting from the field and the three-point line. The Bulldogs shot 62 percent from the field and 60 from beyond the arc to take a 43-36 halftime lead. Smith had 12 points in the opening half on three treys. High Point stayed close behind the play of Daniels who scored 14 points in the first half.

"John Williams really played great tonight," commented Biedenbach. "He also hit some big free throws when we had to have them."

The Bulldogs play their final regular-season home game of the year Saturday afternoon against Coastal Carolina starting at 4:30 p.m.

UNCA Men’s Basketball Travels to High Point Wednesday Night

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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.

Radford beats UNCA at the Buzzer 66-65

Monday, February 16th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Amir Johnson scored with 1.5 seconds left to lift Big South-leader Radford to a 66-65 Big South Conference victory over homestanding UNC Asheville Saturday afternoon.

The Highlanders (15-10, 12-2 BSC) trailed 39-31 at halftime but rallied to win their sixth straight game and remain unbeaten in road games in Big South Conference play at 7-0.

The Bulldogs (12-14, 8-7 BSC) had a three-game winning streak snapped with the heartbreaking loss. UNC Asheville led for most of the game but could not put the visitors away.

The Bulldogs were led by freshman guard J.P. Primm with 17 points. John Williams added 16 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Sean Smith had 14 points and seven rebounds. Reid Augst contributed 11 points.

Radford was led by Artisom Parakhouski with a double-double as he scored 15 points and collected 14 rebounds. He also blocked four shots. Kenny Thomas and Joey Lynch-Flohr had 14 points each. Johnson added 12 points and a game-high seven assists.

"This is a tough loss," admitted UNC Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. "We played as hard as we could and battled against a very good Radford team but a few mistakes really hurt us in the end. We’ve bounced back before from tough losses, and we will bounce back from this one.&quot

Lynch-Flohr scored on a lay-up to give Radford a 62-61 lead at the 1:21 mark. It was the Highlanders’ first lead since early in the game. The Bulldogs came back and took the lead when Augst scored on a driving lay-up with 58 seconds left to put Asheville in front 63-62.

RU missed a three-point from Johnson but Thomas got the rebound and scored when Williams was called for goal-tending at the 22-second mark.

The Bulldogs got the ball to Smith, who scored on a driving lay-up and was fouled with 7.3 seconds left. Asheville led 65-54. Smith missed the free throw and Johnson came down with the rebound. He got the ball down to Johnson who quickly drove down the floor and hit a lay-up at the 1.5 second mark to give the Highlanders the lead and the win.

Asheville used red-hot shooting from beyond the arc to lead in the first half. The Bulldogs were a sizzling 10-of-17 from the three-point line and led 39-31 at halftime. Primm scored 13 of his points in the opening half and knocked down three treys, including a long three-pointer as the first-half buzzer sounded to give the Dogs the eight-point lead.

Radford quickly rallied in the second half behind Parahouski. The junior center scored points in the first five minutes of the half to get the Highlanders back in the game at 43-41.

The Bulldogs managed to keep Radford at bay behind the play of Williams. He scored 11 of his points in the second half to keep Asheville in front.

The Highlanders out-rebounded the Bulldogs 40-32 and out-scored Asheville 34-20 in the paint.

Both teams face tough Big South road games in their next game. UNC Asheville travels to High Point Wednesday night (Feb. 18) at 7 p.m. Radford plays at Charleston Southern Monday night at 7:30 p.m.


UNCA Men’s Basketball Rallies to Beat Gardner-Webb in OT

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Reid Augst scored 28 points as UNC Asheville out-scored Gardner-Webb 17-8 in overtime as the Bulldogs downed visiting Gardner-Webb 87-78 in Big South Conference action Wednesday night.

The victory was UNC Asheville’s (12-13, 8-6 BSC) third straight as the Bulldogs overcame a 13-point first-half deficit. The Runnin’ Bulldogs (11-13, 7-7 BSC) were led by Aaron Linn with 20 points, while C.J. Hailey added 15 points.

Augst had help on the evening for Asheville. Freshman guard Matt Dickey scored 17 points. John Williams finished with a double-double at 14 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard J.P. Primm had 13 points, including nine in overtime. He also had six assists.

The visitors had Joshua Moore with 14 points. Nate Blank finished with 10 points. Joshua Henley led the GWU rebounding effort with 14 rebounds. He also had six assists. The Runnin’ Bulldogs did not have the services of leading scorer Grayson Flittner who is out with an injury.

"This was a great win," commented UNC Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. "I’m really proud of our guys for battling and finding a way to beat a good Gardner-Webb team tonight. We would have liked to have won the game in regulation but got the job done in overtime."

Augst hit back-to-back shots to put the Bulldogs in front 70-66 late in regulation but Gardner-Webb got buckets from Linn and Auryn McMillian to tie the game at 70-70.

Asheville had the ball with 30 seconds left and played for the last shot. Williams’ 15-footer rimmed out. Augst got the rebound as his shot was short as the buzzer sounded sending the game into overtime.

The Bulldogs quickly took charge in overtime. Primm hit a long three-pointer to give Asheville the lead for good at 73-70. Dickey hit a free throw, missed the second free throw but got the rebound and scored to give the Dogs a 76-70 margin. Primm hit a jumper and two foul shots over the next minute of play to push the Asheville lead to 80-70. The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 12 before settling for the nine-point win.

Asheville was 3-of-6 from the field and 10-of-14 from the free throw line in overtime. Gardner-Webb shot 21 percent (3-of-14) from the field and missed three free throws in the extra session.

The visitors dominated the first 10 minutes of the game. Gardner-Webb went on a 14-2 run to sprint to a 24-11 lead. Moore had eight points during the run, including two treys. Linn’s jumper in the lane at the 10:58 mark gave the visitors a 13-point lead.

Asheville rallied in the final 10 minutes of the half and out-scored Gardner-Webb 17-9 to cut the lead to 33-28 at halftime. Dickey had eight points in the final eight minutes of the opening half to lead the comeback.

Augst had just two points in the first half but he came out strong in the second half. The senior forward tallied 25 points in the second half to lead an Asheville comeback that had the Bulldogs in front 70-66 before the Runnin’ Bulldogs rallied in the final minute to send the game into overtime.

Asheville hosts Big South co-leader Radford Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Gardner-Webb entertains High Point on Saturday at 2 p.m.


UNCA Tops Charleston Southern 80-71

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Setting a school record for 3-point shooting, Reid Augst scored all 19 of his points in the second half to help lead the UNCA Bulldogs to a 80-71 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday night.

Shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the three point mark, Augst also became the 24th Bulldog player in school history to score over 1,000 career points with 1,008.

Matt Dickey helped with 15 points, followed by John Williams with 14, J.P. Primm with 13 and Sean Smith with 10.

The Bulldogs are now 11-13 and just over .500 in the Big South Conference at 7-6.

The Bulldogs next host Gardner-Webb on Wednesday at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.uncabulldogs.com or by calling, 828-251-6904.