ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s basketball goes back on the road Saturday night when the Bulldogs visit Southern Division rival Presbyterian College in a game that will be broadcast on EPSN3 starting at 7:45 p.m.
It’s a short turnaround for Asheville after losing a wild 102-92 decision at snowy Radford Thursday night. Freshman guard Andrew Rowsey tied the school’s Division I record with 41 points against the Highlanders but the Bulldogs simply couldn’t get enough stops to get the win.
The loss knocked Asheville (13-12, 7-4 BSC) into second place in the South Division, one game behind Coastal Carolina (8-3 BSC).
“We have to play better defensively,” declared first-year coach Nick McDevitt. “Scoring 92 points should be enough to win a game, but we just didn’t get the job done on the defensive end to beat a team the caliber of Radford.”
The Bulldogs turn their attention to a Blue Hose (5-21, 1-10 BSC) team that is having a rebuilding season. However, McDevitt expects to get PC’s best shot on Saturday night.
“Presbyterian is very well-coached and been in just about every game,” added McDevitt. “They’ve got some terrific players and are tough to beat at home. We’ll need to play well to win.”
The teams met back on Jan. 11 at Kimmel Arena with Asheville recording an 84-70 victory. The Bulldogs built a 14-point lead at halftime and had four players in double figures. D.J. Cunningham had a double-double with 13 points and 18 rebounds.
Andrew Rowsey has now scored in double figures in a Big South-leading 21 straight games and has scored more than 30 points in three of the last five contests. Rowsey leads Asheville in scoring and is second in the Big South with a 19.8 average. Senior forward Jaron Lane has a 14.7 scoring mark. Senior center D.J. Cunningham is averaging 10 points per game and leads the Big South in rebounding (9.4) and blocked shots (3.6).
After Saturday’s contest, the Bulldogs finish the regular season with three of their last four games at Kimmel Arena. Next week, Asheville hosts Charleston Southern on Wednesday night (Feb. 19) and host league leader Coastal Carolina (Feb. 22).
The Bulldogs hold a 16-5 series lead against Presbyterian College and are 10-1 against the Blue Hose since it joined the Big South. Asheville has won the last nine meetings against PC.
The Bulldogs are 12-5 after starting the year 1-7.
Asheville is 23-11 in its last 34 road games against Big South Conference opponents.
D.J. Cunningham needs just three more blocked shots to become the school’s all-time leader. He has 253 entering the PC game and is trying to move past John Williams (255) for the all-time lead.
Asheville is in a three-way tie for second place in the South Division with Gardner-Webb and Winthrop.
The Bulldogs scored 92 points at Radford Thursday night despite only shooting 40 percent from the field and 29 percent from beyond the arc.
Andrew Rowsey is averaging 31 points per game over the last five contests.
Asheville is 4-1 against South Division opponents this year.
The Bulldogs are 3-3 in BSC road games this season and have won those three games by a total of nine points.