JAMAICA, N.Y. - The UNC Asheville Bulldogs will go for their second straight road win and first ever win over a Big East school when they take on the St. John Red Storm Friday night at Carnesecca Arena starting at 7:30 p.m.
Friday's game will be broadcast on WWNC Radio (570-AM) with the pre-game show starting at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Asheville (4-7) is coming off a hard-fought 79-73 victory at Northeastern Tuesday afternoon. Four Bulldogs scored in double figures during the victory. Senior forward Jeremy Atkinson led the Blue & White with 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Jon Nwannunu added a career-best 16 points, while Keith Hornsby chipped in 15 points and six rebounds. Rookie forward Will Weeks went 6-for-6 from the field en route to tying his career high in points with 14.
"I'm really proud of our guys for getting a great road win at Northeastern on Tuesday," stated Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach. "We worked hard in practice leading up to that game and it showed. I really liked the way we competed, getting loose balls and making plays when we had to have them."
The Bulldogs have another road challenge in St. John's. The Red Storm is 8-3 on the season as the program is undergoing a renaissance under the direction of third-year coach Steve Lavin. St. John's made the NCAA Tournament last season and should be a contender in the Big East this year.
"St. John is very athletic and well-coached by Steve Lavin," declared Biedenbach. "Steve has done a nice job in a short period of time rebuilding St. John's program. We're going to need a great effort like we did on Tuesday to have any shot at winning."
Asheville is looking for its first ever win against a Big East club. The Bulldogs are 0-14 all-time but have close in their last two meetings. Asheville lost a memorable NCAA Tournament game to Syracuse last season, 72-65 in a game the Bulldogs led at halftime and for part of the second half. Earlier this year, the Blue & White played Providence in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and led late before falling, 72-67.
This will be the second time Asheville has played St. John's, and the Bulldogs are looking for better results than the last time. The Dogs played here in the Preseason NIT in 1998 and were beaten badly, 105-50 by a Red Storm team that would advance to the Elite Eight.
Friday's game ends a long road trip for the Bulldogs. This is the third game of an eight-day trip for Asheville that began at Ohio State this past Saturday. The Bulldogs fly home on Saturday and will have a few days off for Christmas. Asheville hosts Bluefield on Sunday, Dec. 30 before starting another three-game road trip at Charlotte on Jan. 2.
UNC Asheville is 0-5 all-time in the state of New York. The Bulldogs are 0-3 at Syracuse, 0-1 at Buffalo and 0-1 at St. John's.
The Bulldogs have had eight straight games where someone has scored 20 points or more.
Jeremy Atkinson leads Asheville in scoring (17.7) and in rebounding (7.5). He has scored in double figures in all 11 games this season and posted two double-doubles. Jeremy just missed a third double-double on Tuesday at Northeastern with 21 points and nine rebounds.
Asheville shot a season-high .545 (30-of-55) from the field on Tuesday at Northeastern.
Sophomore guard Keith Hornsby has averaged 21.0 points in the last three games and grabbed at least five rebounds in five consecutive games.
The Bulldogs are 1-3 on the road this season with two losses coming to ranked teams - #15 N.C. State and #7 Ohio State.
Asheville has 35 blocked shots in the last four games.
Bulldog head coach Eddie Biedenbach is in his 17th year as head coach at UNC Asheville. He is the school's and Big South's all-time leader in wins with 244.
Junior center D.J. Cunningham has blocked 12 shots in the last three games.
Freshman forward Will Weeks has scored 14 points in back-to-back games. He went 6-for-6 from the field on Tuesday at Northeastern.