ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s basketball team begins a two-game Big South Conference homestand Wednesday night when the Bulldogs host North Division leader Campbell at Kimmel Arena starting at 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on WWNC Radio (570-AM) with the pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. Fans can also watch the game on the Big South Digital Network for free under the multimedia tag at uncabulldogs.com.
Asheville (11-11, 5-3 BSC) is coming off a dramatic 67-66 victory at Longwood Saturday night. David Robertson’s steal with 20 seconds left, and Sam Hughes two free throws at the 18-second mark gave the Bulldogs their winning points. The Blue & White was led by freshman sensation Andrew Rowsey who scored a team-high 32 points in the game, while Jaron Lane added 12 points.
Rowsey became the first Asheville player in the Division I era at the school to score 30 points in back-to-back games. He had 35 in the Bulldogs loss to VMI last Tuesday night. The rookie guard is Asheville’s leading scorer with an 18.5 average. He’s averaging 22 points in league contests.
Campbell (11-12, 5-3) is in a three-way tie for first place in the North Division after losing a close 61-58 decision at home to South Division leader Coastal Carolina Saturday. Reco McCarter leads the CU attack with an 11.9 scoring average. Andrew Ryan is among the league-leaders in three-pointers made with 48 and is averaging 10.3 points per game. Darius Leonard averages 11.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
“Campbell had a good team,” stated Asheville first-year coach Nick McDevitt. “They’re very well-coached and shoot the ball well. Campbell has wins over High Point and VMI, two teams we lost to, so we’ll need to be at our best Wednesday night to have a shot at winning.”
The Bulldogs are tied for second place in the South Division with Gardner-Webb (5-3), one game behind Coastal Carolina (6-2). Asheville is back at home again Saturday when it hosts defending Big South Conference champion Liberty at 2 p.m. Saturday’s game will be televised locally by WMYA-TV.
Jaron Lane is averaging 14.1 points per game for the Bulldogs, followed by senior center D.J. Cunningham’s 10.2 scoring mark. Cunningham leads the Big South in rebounding (9.9) and blocked shots (3.7). His 3.7 per game mark has him ranked fourth nationally in blocks.
UNC Asheville is 10-4 since going 1-7 start to the season.
The Bulldogs are 19-4 at Kimmel Arena against Big South Conference opponents.
Andrew Rowsey has scored in double figures in a Big South-leading 18 straight games. He has scored more than 30 points in three of the last five games.
D.J. Cunningham is making a move to become the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots. He enters the Campbell game with 243 blocks. The all-time leader is John Williams with 255 blocks. Cunningham is one of two players in Big South history to record more than 700 rebounds (721) and 200 blocks (243).
Campbell leads the all-time series 19-16 but the Bulldogs have won all three meetings between the teams since CU rejoined the Big South Conference. Asheville won last year’s meeting in Buies Creek, 78-61.
Five of the Bulldogs Big South Conference games have been decided by four points or less. Asheville is 3-2 in those games with all three wins coming on the road.
The Bulldogs have led at intermission in all eight of their home games this year.
Asheville leads the Big South in free throw percentage at .745.
The Bulldogs have been above 40 percent from the three-point line in the last five games.
Andrew Rowsey has a chance to break the school’s single-season record for three-pointers in a season. Josh Kohn has held the record for 20 years with 92 treys (2003-04). Rowsey has 73 treys prior to playing Campbell Wednesday night.
Asheville is 10-3 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
The Bulldogs have had at least 18 turnovers in three of the last four games.
Asheville starts two freshmen in the backcourt in David Robertson and Andrew Rowsey. The Bulldogs are 10-6 with the rookie duo starting.