BOSTON - The UNC Asheville men's basketball team play its first game ever in the city of Boston when the Bulldogs play at Northeastern Tuesday at Matthews Arena starting at Noon.
Tuesday's game will be broadcast on WWNC Radio (570-AM) with the pre-game show starting at 11:45 a.m.
The game is the second of a demanding three-game road trip for Asheville. The Bulldogs lost at seventh-ranked Ohio State, 90-72 on Saturday. They'll finish the road trip at Big East foe St. John's Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
The teams squared off two seasons ago at Justice Center on Feb. 19, 2011 with the Huskies edging the Bulldogs, 83-82 as part of the Sears BracketBuster series. Asheville blew a 19-point second-half lead that day and allowed Northeastern to sneak out of Justice Center with a victory.
The Bulldogs recovered from that devastating loss to win their next seven games and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Asheville had some bright spots in its lost to the Buckeyes on Saturday as Keith Hornsby scored a career-high 26 points, while freshman forward Will Weeks added a career-best 14 points and six rebounds. However, Ohio State shot .590 (36-of-61) from the field and outscored the Bulldogs on fast-break points, 26-2.
"We battled hard at Ohio State and did some good things but not enough to beat a team of that caliber," explained Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach. "Our guys have to get better on defense, and we have to stop turning the ball over."
The Bulldogs have a tough task with a talented Northeastern squad (4-5) on Tuesday. The Huskies have lost four straight and have not played in 10 days due to exams. Northeastern's four losses all have been close. They advanced to the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout before falling to Charlotte, 67-59.
"Northeastern is a better team this year than it was two seasons ago when they beat us at Justice Center," declared Biedenbach. "They're going to be one of the teams to beat in the Colonial this season. We're going to have to play better than we've been playing to have any chance of winning on Tuesday."
Asheville is being led in scoring this season by senior forward Jeremy Atkinson with a 17.4 average. He also tops the club in rebounding with a 7.4 mark. Keith Hornsby, this week's Big South Player of the Week, is next with a 13.5 scoring average. He averaged 23.5 points per game in the last two contests. The sophomore guard is shooting .539 (48-of-89) from the field, .526 (20-of-38) from beyond the arc at .905 (19-of-21) from the free throw line.
Keith Hornsby earned Big South Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career on Monday. In the past two games, he's 17-of-25 from the field (.680) and 10-of-14 (.714) from long distance.
The Bulldogs are 0-3 on the road this year and have lost their last five road games dating back to last season.
Asheville has 50 blocked shots on the season, compared to just 88 in 34 games last year.
Jeremy Atkinson has scored in double figures in every game this season.
The Bulldogs have shot better than 82 percent from the free throw line three of the last five games.
Since beginning the season 3-for-30 from the 3-point line, the Bulldogs are 40-of-111 for .360. Only four players have hit a trey for Asheville this season. Keith Hornsby leads Asheville with 20 treys. Trent Meyer had 19, followed by Jeremy Atkinson with three. Marcus Neely has one trey.
The Northeastern game will be Asheville's second against a Colonial Athletic Association team this year. The Bulldogs lost at UNC Wilmington on Nov. 11, 67-59.