ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's basketball team was honored by the City of Asheville Tuesday evening at the weekly Asheville City Council Meeting.
The Big South Conference champions were recognized by Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and Vice Mayor Jan Davis for winning the 2011 championship on Saturday with a 60-47 victory over Coastal Carolina on the Chanicleers' home-court. Asheville advances to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.
Head Coach Eddie Biedenbach was presented with a key to the city by Mayor Bellamy. Each player and coach was given an official City of Asheville cap.
"We're very proud of what the Bulldogs accomplished this weekend and the championship they brought back to Asheville," stated Bellamy. "They have represented our city very well not just this weekend but the entire season. We look forward to watching them play in the NCAA Tournament."
"We're very lucky to live in a great city like Asheville," declared Biedenbach. "One of the great things we have to recruit student-athletes is the city of Asheville. The city sells itself.
"We're very thankful to Mayor Bellamy, Vice Mayor Davis and the City Council to take time from their busy schedule to recongize our team," added Biedenbach.