Asheville (7-6, 2-0 BSC) is coming off a dramatic 73-68 overtime victory at Winthrop Saturday in Rock Hill. The Bulldogs trailed by 14 in the second half, rallied to send the game into overtime and then outscored the Eagles 13-8 in overtime to pull out the dramatic win.
A win on Monday would also give Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach his 224th win as head coach of the Bulldogs and make him the all-time winningest coach at UNC Asheville.
The Blue & White face a rebuilding Radford squad on Monday. The Highlanders (3-12, 0-3 BSC) have lost 10 straight but have been in a majority of those games. Biedenbach expects a strong challenge from a Radford team that lost 61-55 to Gardner-Webb Saturday night.
"Radford has a new coach, and I've been impressed with what I see on film from them," stated Biedenbach. "They're playing hard for 40 minutes and are a possession or two away from winning a few more games. Radford has played a tough non-conference schedule, as well. We're going to have to play with intensity for 40 minutes to earn a victory."
The Bulldogs won both meetings last season against the Highlanders. Asheville won 70-50 at the Dedmon Center in the first league game of the season. The Bulldogs finished the regular season at Justice Center with an 81-58 triumph in the final regular season game of the year.
Senior guard Matt Dickey scored a game-high 18 points at Winthrop. He scored seven of his points in overtime, including a clutch three-pointer early in the OT period. Dickey then went 4-of-4 from the free throw line to help seal the victory.
Senior guard J.P. Primm (518) needs three assists to become the school's all-time leader (520).
The game with Radford will end a four-game road swing for the Bulldogs. Asheville returns home to Kimmel Arena Thursday night as the Bulldogs entertain VMI, the nation's top scoring team.
UNC Asheville is 8-3 in league road games over the last two seasons.
The Bulldogs have won eight consecutive games against Big South Conference opponents over the last two years.
Matt Dickey has scored in double figures in 11 of 12 games.
Asheville is 2-0 in league play for the first time in four years.
The Bulldogs have trailed at halftime in both conference games but came back to win each game.
Asheville has lost four of its last five games played at Radford.
The Bulldogs have shot below 40 percent from the field in the last two games.
Chris Stephenson has scored in double figures in five straight games and seven of the last eight contests.
Asheville has been out-rebounded in five of the last six games.