TOLSIA ALUM COTY JUDE MAKING HIS MARK ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Asheville, N.C. Former Tolsia Basketball standout Coty Jude nailed five three pointers for 15 points but his UNC Asheville Bulldogs fell to the High Point Panthers 79-74 Saturday afternoon at the Kimmel Arena in Big South Conference action.
Jude a Freshman for the Bulldogs had a nice game overall as he filled the stat sheet and finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists.
Jude has been named Conference Freshman of the week twice this season and will go into postseason play averaging 9.6 PPG including a career high 24 points on February 2nd against Gardner-Webb on 7-10 shooting and 5-7 from beyond the arc. Coty also averages 3.8 rebounds per contest.
Asheville who is the youngest team in Division I Basketball finished 2-14 in conference play and 4-26 overall and will be the #10 seed in the Big South Tournament. The Bulldogs will travel to #7 seed Presbyterian Tuesday at 7:00.
High Point who is coached by former National Champion Kentucky Head Coach Tubby Smith finished the regular season conference play 9-7 and 16-14 overall and will be the #4 seed in the upcoming Big South Conference Tournament.
UNC Asheville Freshman Coty Jude
“… It was great to see familiar faces in the crowd and this late in the year I was really excited. Not many people get to come down since I’m four and half hours away. It gives me extra motivation when I see the natives take time out of their busy schedules and come watch me play.”
“… It’s been a struggle for our team. We are so young and inexperienced but we have progressed all year long. This is our last regular season game so we start postseason Tuesday and it will be a fresh start for our team.”
“… I try to live in the moment each time out and enjoy each time out. It’s been a blast so far and I’m really looking forward to the future in this program. The Big South Conference is loaded Chris Clemons who plays for Campbell leads the nation in scoring so this league is full of great teams and you have to bring it every single night.”
“… I want to give a shoutout to my guys back home at Tolsia for winning the Section Title for the first time since 2013. I see the program is building and I’m excited for those guys. I know a lot of them and played with a few. I’m happy for them and it was great to see those guys cut the nets down.”
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