ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Matt Dickey scored 22 points as UNC Asheville claimed the Big South Conference regular-season title with an 88-62 victory over Radford before a close to capacity crowd of 2,754 fans at Kimmel Arena Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (19-7, 14-1 BSC) earned their fifth BSC regular-season title with the win and first since the 2007-08 season. Asheville will be the top seed in the Big South Conference Tournament and host the quarterfinals and semifinals at Kimmel Arena and would host the championship game if the Bulldogs are still in the title game.
The Bulldogs are also assured of being in a post-season tournament with the regular-season title. Asheville will be in either the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitational Tourney if the Bulldogs don't win the league tournament title. The Big South Tournament will begin on Feb. 27 with two play-in games at campus sites before the tournament moves to Kimmel Arena for the quarterfinals on Feb. 29.
Asheville won its sixth straight game as the Bulldogs led from start to finish. Jaron Lane added 14 points, while J.P. Primm finished with 13 points and five assists. Chris Stephenson added 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Radford (5-22, 2-13 BSC) was led by Javonte Green with 12 points. Kyle Noreen and Jonathan Edwards contributed 11 points each.
"We're delighted to win the regular-season title. That's the first step of some other goals we hope to achieve this season," added Biedenbach. "I thought our guys were really focused from start to finish. We did a great job on the boards, and we're going to need that as we get into tournament action."
Asheville shot better than 90 percent from the free throw line for the third time this season. The Bulldogs shot .905 (38-of-42) from the charity stripe. Dickey went 10-for-10 from the line. Stephenson was a perfect 7-of-7.
Asheville took command of the game midway through the first half as the Bulldogs went on a 21-4 run to race to a 25-14 lead with 9:49 left. The home team steadily built on the lead and led 42-24 at halftime. The Bulldogs were 19-of-21 from the charity stripe in the opening half.
The Dogs led by as many as 27 in the second half on a Lane lay-up to make the score 59-32. Radford made a run late to get the lead down to 18 points before the Bulldogs settled for the 26-point victory.
Asheville is on the road Tuesday night when the Bulldogs travel to Coastal Carolina for a Big South Conference contest. Radford is at High Point Tuesday night.