ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's basketball team will try to shake a two-game losing streak Tuesday night when the Bulldogs travel to Big South Conference rival Coastal Carolina starting at 7 p.m.
Tuesday's game will be video-streamed and can be seen under the multimedia tag at www.uncabulldogs.com. There will also be a free audio-stream of the game available at www.uncbulldogs.com. To acess the audio link, go to schedule under men's basketball and click on the audio link.
A week ago, the Bulldogs (15-12, 9-4 BSC) were in first place in the South Division and ready to play two home games against Gardner-Webb and Charleston Southern. Asheville was hoping to build on that lead, but the Dogs lost both contests. The Blue & White fell to Gardner-Webb on Wednesday, 67-65 and to Charleston Southern on Saturday, 73-65.
Asheville is now fighting to stay in second place in the South and earn a bye in the Big South Conference Tournament in two weeks. Gardner-Webb won at Coastal Carolina on Saturday and is right behind the Dogs at 8-5. The Runnin' Bulldogs control the tie-breaker as they have two wins over Asheville.
"We simply need to play better basketball than we did last week," commented Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. "Our guys need to play better in every area of the game. We didn't play awful but not good enough to beat the teams we played. We've got to be more consistent for 40 minutes and learn to grind things out on offense and defense."
Coastal Carolina (12-12, 7-6 BSC) is also fighting to finish higher up in the standings. The Chanticleers had been unbeaten at home this season in league play before falling to Gardner-Webb Saturday night, 70-63. Asheville edged CCU last month, 63-60 at Kimmel Arena.
"Coastal Carolina has a very good team. They play great defense and are extremely tough to beat at home," admitted Biedenbach. "We had a close game with them at our place, and we'll need to play even better down there Tuesday to have any chance of winning."
Jeremy Atkinson continues to lead the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding with a 17.5 scoring and 7.3 rebounding average. Sophomore guard Keith Hornsby has a 15.2 scoring average and is second nationally in free throw shooting at .938 (91-of-97).
Coastal Carolina is led by senior guard Anthony Raffa. He's the second leading scorer in the Big South with an 18.7 average. Raffa scored 27 points against the Bulldogs the last time the teams played.
The game will take place in Coastal Carolina's new arena as the Chanticleers now play in the HTC Center which is located on the CCU campus. The new arena seats, 3,300 and will be home to the 2013 Visit MyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference basketball tournament in two weeks.
UNC Asheville is 4-2 on the road this season in Big South Conference games. The Bulldogs are 15-3 in their last 18 road game against league opponents. Asheville is 19-6 the last three seasons in league road contests.
Asheville has won six of its last nine road games dating back to a win over Colonial Athletic Association leader Northeastern on Dec. 18 in Boston.
The Bulldogs have lost two straight league games for the first time since losing three in a row early in the 2010-11 season.
Asheville has been out-rebounded in three straight games. The Bulldogs are 13-1 when they out-rebound their opponents.
The Bulldogs have 14 blocked shots in the last two games with D.J. Cunningham picking up eight of those blocks. Cunningham is tied for the league lead and 10th nationally in blocked shots with a 3.0 per game average with VMI's D.J. Covington.
Asheville went to the free throw line a season-low nine times on Saturday as the Bulldogs were just 6-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Trent Meyer scored a career-high 27 points against CSU on Saturday. He was 7-of-12 from the three-point line. It marked the fourth time this season the junior guard has scored more than 20 points in a game but the Bulldogs are 0-4 in those games.
The Bulldog defense has only forced 20 turnovers in the last two games.
Coastal Carolina leads the all-time series 32-31. Asheville has won four of the last five games against the Chanticleers.
Asheville finished the season 6-0 against the North Division but is just 3-4 against the South Division this year.