MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – UNC Asheville guard Andrew Rowsey was named Big South Conference Freshman of the Year by the League’s head coaches and media panel. The Big South Conference announced its award winners Monday morning.
In addition, Rowsey was named to league’s All-Conference first team. Senior center D.J. Cunningham and senior forward Jaron Lane was named to the All-Conference second team.
Rowsey concluded the regular-season as the Big South’s leading scorer with 19.9 points per game and is looking to become the first freshman to lead the Conference in scoring following this week’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com Basketball Championships. He paced the League with a school-record five 30-point games -- including a Big South-freshman record 41 points at Radford on Feb. 13 to set a Dedmon Center record, and in the process became the League’s first frosh to score 40 points in a game. Rowsey finished as the leading scorer in Big South contests at 23.0 points and shot 45.0 percent from the field against League foes to rank 10th. He was also first with 3.44 three-pointers per game, fourth in free throw percentage (84.0) and tied for fifth in steals (1.56) during the Conference season. Overall, Rowsey leads the Big South with 3.23 three-point field goals per game and is tied for third with 12 20-point games. A five-time Big South Freshman of the Week honoree, Rowsey set Asheville’s single-season three-point record with 97. The third UNC Asheville player to be voted Big South Rookie/Freshman of the Year, Rowsey received 15 first-place votes and 121 total points, ahead of VMI’s QJ Peterson (eight first-place votes and 108 points).
Cunningham finished the season as Asheville’s third leading scorer with an 11.0 average. He led the Big South Conference in rebounding (9.4) and blocked shots (3.7). His 3.7 block shot average is fourth nationally. The Waterford, Ohio native was second in the conference in double-doubles with nine. He led the Bulldogs in field goal percentage at .553 (110-199).
Lane was Asheville’s second leading scorer with a 15.9 average and second in rebounds with a 5.5 mark. He averaged 18.8 points in league play and will enter this week’s tournament scoring at least 20 points in four consecutive games. The Greenville, N.C. native is shooting .557 (97-174) from the field in Big South Conference contests.
The Bulldogs will play Friday at 2 p.m. in the quarterfinals of tournament against the winner of Wednesday’s Presbyterian College-Radford game.