MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s basketball team will play Radford on Friday at 2 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com basketball championships.
The Bulldogs (16-14) had a bye into the quarterfinals after finishing second in the South Division this year. Radford (21-1) took third in the North Division and had to play Presbyterian College this afternoon in a first-round game. The Highlanders held off the Blue Hose, 78-73
Asheville and Radford met once this year back on Feb. 13 as the Highlanders edged the Bulldogs, 102-92 at the Dedmon Center. Andrew Rowsey led the Dogs with a Big South freshman-record 41 points, but RU got 21 points from Ya Ya Anderson and Rashun Davis to earn the win.
This will be the 10th meeting between the Bulldogs and Highlanders in Big South Tournament action. Asheville holds a 5-4 advantage as the schools have met twice for Big South Conference championships. In 1998, the Highlanders beat the Bulldogs, 63-61 on a last-second shot by Kevin Robinson, easily the toughest loss in school history. In 2003, Asheville qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever with an 85-71 win over the Highlanders in the league title game.
The last meeting occurred in 2009 during the semifinals at the Dedmon Center with the eventual champion Highlanders holding off the Bulldogs, 94-86.
This will be the fourth meeting in the quarterfinals with Asheville holding a 2-1 edge. The Bulldogs won quarterfinal match-ups in 1986 and 1989 and lost to RU in 1995.