ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's basketball team enjoyed an outstanding season in 2011-12 as the Bulldogs won their second straight Big South Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. They set a school record for wins with 24 and tied a Big South Conference record in league victories with 16.
One of Asheville's big reasons for success was its offense. The Bulldogs had five players averaging more than 10 points per game. The NCAA recently released its final statistics for the past season, and Asheville is ranked highly in several categories on the offensive end.
Asheville finished the season fifth nationally in scoring with an 80.7 average. The Bulldogs' 126-75 victory over Mars Hill on Nov. 16 was the second biggest point total by a team this year.
Eddie Biedenbach's club was seventh nationally in assists with a 16.6 mark and ninth in free throw shooting at .764.
The Bulldogs were 14th in field goal percentage at .482. In addition, they were 24th in assists-to-turnovers ratio at 1.24 and 32nd in scoring margin at +9.4.
For the second straight year, Asheville was also ranked in the final NCAA stats in steals. The Bulldogs averaged 8.3 steals per game.
On the individual side, senior guard Matt Dickey finished 28th nationally in free throw percentage at .867 (182-of-210).