Thomas scores 1,000th point, McDevitt picks up 75th win in Bulldog victory over Presbyterian


ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Junior Guard Ahmad Thomas scored his 1,000th career point in the dominating 89-48 UNC Asheville men’s basketball Big South Conference victory over Presbyterian on Wednesday evening at Kimmel Arena.

Asheville (21-7, 13-2 Big South Conference) led from start-to-finish in a game in which they commenced the contest on a 10-0 run. The Bulldogs would lead by 21 at 41-20 at the halftime break.

The second half would also be all Bulldogs with Asheville leading by as many as 47 points after a three-pointer by freshman guard Justin Brown with 3:02 left in the contest.

Three Bulldogs finished in double figures with reigning Big South Conference Freshman of the Week MaCio Teague leading the way with 18 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist. Teague was 7-of-11 from the field in the contest.

Junior guard Raekwon Miller ended his night with 15 points, five rebounds, one block and one steal. He was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.

The reigning Big South Conference Player of the Week, Thomas ended his night with 14 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block. Thomas now has 1,002 career points for the Bulldogs.

Reggie Dillard led two Presbyterian (5-21, 1-14 Big South Conference) players in double figures in the game with 14 points.

Asheville shot a scorching 55.1 percent (27-of-49) from the field in the win over Presbyterian. The Bulldogs knocked down 51.9 percent (14-of-27) of their three-point attempts.

The Bulldog defense limited Presbyterian to just 38.8 percent (19-of-49) shooting from the field as a team.

1,000 POINTS AND MORE TO COME: The 31st Bulldog to score over 1,000 points, Thomas is now also just 20 rebounds away from becoming just the 56th player in Big South Conference history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Thomas is also just a few steals away with 176 in his career from becoming just the sixth player in league history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 steals.

WIN NO. 75: UNC Asheville men’s basketball head coach Nick McDevitt picked up his 75th win in charge of the Asheville men’s basketball program in the win over Presbyterian. McDevitt has led the Bulldogs to back-to-back 20-win seasons.

A LOOK AT THE LEAGUE: UNC Asheville’s win over Presbyterian also allowed the Bulldogs to remain tied with Liberty (18-10, 13-2 Big South Conference) for the top spot in the Big South Conference.

On performance
“I thought our guys were locked in for the duration of the game. It’s easy to get lackadaisical and start trying things once you build up a pretty sizable lead on both ends of the floor and go for steals every time down the floor on defense, try to trap everything on defense and try dunks and lobs every time down on offense. You can have a game like that where you start building bad habits, and I didn’t think we did that tonight. I thought particularly the first 10 minutes of the second half we were locked in defensively.”

On Thomas reaching 1,000 points
“He’s been tremendous. We all know the things that he does for us defensively and the accolades that he’s earned that are well-deserved, but you see here tonight 1,000 points before the end of his junior year. It just speaks to that he’s an all-around player, and one of the main reasons that we’ve had a successful season so far this year.”
– Head Coach Nick McDevitt

UNC Asheville travels to Buies Creek, N.C. to take on Campbell at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.