Asheville (11-6, 6-0 BSC) earned its fifth straight win on Thursday with a thrilling 89-82 road triumph at Campbell. The Bulldogs trailed 29-12 midway through the first half but rallied for its fourth conference win on the road with a strong second half as junior forward Jeremy Atkinson tallied 19 of his 22 points.
The Blue & White face a tough challenge at High Point (7-9, 3-3 BSC). The Panthers are coming off a 64-54 over Winthrop Thursday as they scored the final 10 points of the game. The Millis Center has not been a pleasant visit for the Bulldogs over the years. Asheville has dropped six of its last seven meetings at High Point, including a 76-73 defeat last year.
The Panthers are led by senior guard Nick Barbour with an 18.1 scoring average. He dropped in 32 points at Justice Center last season. Senior guard Shay Shine has a 15.1 mark.
"High Point is very tough to beat at home as we know," stated Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. "We had a great win at Campbell Thursday but they had a super win against Winthrop on Thursday as well. We're going to have to play extremely well to have a chance at winning."
Matt Dickey leads Asheville in scoring with a 16.1 average. Chris Stephenson is next with a 14.4 mark, followed by J.P. Primm's 14.1 average.
After Saturday's game, the Bulldogs return home to face a tough two-game homestand at Kimmel Arena. Asheville hosts Coastal Carolina Tuesday night at 7 p.m., followed by a contest vs. Charleston Southern Thursday evening, also at 7 p.m.
Matt Dickey recorded the first double-double of his career on Thursday at Campbell with 19 points and 10 rebounds. He just missed a triple-double with eight assists.
The Bulldogs have won nine straight Big South Conference regular-season games dating back to last year.
Asheville is 10-3 in Big South Conference regular-season road games over the past two seasons.
The Bulldogs have averaged 93.7 points per game in the last three games.
A win by Asheville at High Point would give the Bulldogs a 7-0 league start, matching its best BSC start since the 2007-08 team started out 7-0.
J.P. Primm is 10-of-18 from the three-point line in the last two games.
Asheville's 41 free throws attempted on Thursday at Campbell was a season-high.
In three of the Bulldogs four Big South Conference road wins, Asheville has trailed at halftime.
The Bulldogs are 10th nationally in scoring (81.9), 17th in assists (16.6) and 25th in field goal percentage (.484).