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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:11:00 EDTDespite two players picking up double-doubles and another scoring a career-high, the Western Carolina men's basketball team fell Friday night inside the U.S. Cellular Center, 78-72, to The Citadel in the first round of the 2017 Southern Conference Championships presented by General Shale. Junior Haboubacar Mutombo did all he could to keep the Catamounts alive in the second half as he scored 18 points over the final 20 minutes in route to a career-high 25 point performance.
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:24:00 EDTThe Western Carolina men's basketball team will begin its quest for the 2017 Southern Conference Championship Friday night as the No. 8 seeded Catamounts will take on No. 9 seed The Citadel at 5 pm inside the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C. The Catamounts have won two of their last three games and are playing some of their strongest basketball of the season. Sophomore Marc Gosselin has posted three-straight double-doubles and is entering the tournament following a 7-of-8 shooting night against VMI in which he was a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range. WCU has advanced to two of the last five SoCon Championship games and is seeking its first title since the 1996 squad captured the crown led by current assistant coach Anquell McCollum. WCU has made an appearance in eight-straight quarterfinals and a win on Friday would extend that streak to nine.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:16:00 EDTSophomore Marc Gosselin and freshman Yalim Olcay picked up career-highs in the Western Carolina men's basketball regular season finale Monday night inside the Ramsey Center. The Catamounts knocked off VMI 81-68 to secure the No. 8 seed and a date with The Citadel at the upcoming 2017 Southern Conference Championships presented by General Shale.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:51:00 EDTThe Western Carolina men’s basketball team closes out the 2016-17 regular season Monday night at home against VMI with Southern Conference Championship seedings at stake. The Catamounts and Keydets are currently tied with The Citadel for eighth in the SoCon standings. With a win on Monday, WCU will secure the No. 8 seed in the upcoming SoCon Championship and a date with either The Citadel or VMI on Friday at 5 pm in Asheville. With a loss, WCU would need The Citadel to lose against Chattanooga on Monday to guarantee a re-match with the Keydets on Friday at 5 pm. If the Bulldogs defeat Chattanooga and WCU drops the game with VMI, WCU would drop to No. 10 and face either Mercer or Samford on Friday at 7:30 pm. WCU fell to VMI by one point earlier this season in Lexington but have won seven of the last 10 meetings with the Keydets. VMI has dropped five-straight heading into Monday’s game but have the SoCon’s leading scorer in guard Q.J. Peterson who is averaging 19.4 points per contest.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:05:00 EDTThe Western Carolina men’s basketball team honored its three seniors prior to Saturday night’s contest with Southern Conference leader ETSU but the celebration was short-lived as the Buccaneers jumped out to a quick double-digit lead in the game. WCU, cheered on by a season-high crowd of 3,015 inside the Ramsey Center, tried to make a comeback in the second half but the Bucs were able to keep the advantage and hang on for a 68-52 victory.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:08:00 EDTThe Western Carolina men's basketball team will honor its three seniors, Deriece Parks, Kyle Rhoades and Charlendez Brooks, Saturday night as the top team in the Southern Conference, ETSU, comes to town. With just two games left on the regular season schedule WCU is trying to secure its spot in the Southern Conference standings while the Buccaneers are trying to capture their first Southern Conference regular season title since the 2003-04 season. WCU has lost 20-straight regular season meetings with the Buccaneers but upended ETSU in the 2015 Southern Conference quarterfinals. WCU is led by its two junior guards Haboubacar Mutombo and Devin Peterson who are each in the top-30 on the SoCon scoring charts this season. The Bucs are paced by senior guard T.J. Cromer who is second in the SoCon in scoring this season at 19.0 points per game. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 with audio coverage on the Catamount Sports Network.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:45:00 EDTThe Western Carolina men’s basketball team won its final road game of the season Wednesday night as the Catamounts held off a feisty Citadel squad on the road. WCU led by as many as 20 points in the game but the Bulldogs stormed back and cut the game to one possession late in the contest. WCU hung on for the 84-80 victory while placing five scorers in double-figures.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:10:00 EDTThe Western Carolina men’s basketball team will play its final road game of the regular season Wednesday night as the Catamounts travel to The Citadel for a key game that will help determine the Southern Conference Championship seedings. The Catamounts are currently riding a six game losing streak while the Bulldogs have dropped 10 straight. WCU has won four-straight in Charleston dating back to 2011 and look to sweep the season series over the Bulldogs, whom they defeated earlier this season in Cullowhee 100-95. The Citadel boasts the second ranked scoring offense in the NCAA at 91.1 points per game led by Preston Parks who is averaging 17.0 points per game and who had 28 against the Catamounts in the first meeting this season. WCU will counter with its junior guards Devin Peterson and Haboubacar Mutombo who are each averaging in double-figures this season. The game will be carried on ESPN3 with audio coverage through the Catamount Sports Network.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:03:00 EDTThe Western Carolina and Wofford men’s basketball teams played the final collegiate athletic event at Wofford’s Benjamin Johnson Arena Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 3,317. The game was back-and-forth early but a 21-6 run by the Terriers to close out the first half blew the game open. Wofford would go on to claim the 84-56 victory.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:56:00 EDTThe Western Carolina men’s basketball team will travel to Spartanburg, S.C., Saturday night to play the final contest in the Wofford’s Benjamin Johnson Arena. The Terriers will move to their new home, the Richardson Indoor Stadium, next season after spending over 30 years in the BenJo. The Catamounts most recent win this season was a 68-62 victory over the Terriers in Cullowhee and WCU will look to sweep the season series tomorrow night. The Terriers have dropped two-straight contests but carry a 10-2 home record into their home finale. WCU will need to try and stop the Southern Conference’s third leading scorer, Fletcher Magee, who is averaging 18.2 points per game. The Catamounts will counter with the talented tandem of junior guards Haboubacar Mutombo and Devin Peterson. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm Saturday night with coverage through ESPN3 and the Catamount Sports Network.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:35:00 EDTThe Western Carolina men's basketball team had a pair of players post career-highs but it was not enough to end Southern Conference leader Furman's win streak. The Paladins earned their 10th-straight victory on the season as they edged the Catamounts, 74-62. Junior Devin Peterson and sophomore Marc Gosselin led the Catamounts with 22 and 16 points, respectively.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:36:00 EDTSouthern Conference leader Furman travels to Cullowhee Wednesday night to take on the Western Carolina men's basketball team at 7 pm. The Catamounts had a tough outing in Greenville earlier this season and look to avenge the loss against the Paladins in Cullowhee where WCU has won 20 of 31 all-time meetings against Furman. The Paladins are riding a nine-game win streak, which includes the earlier meeting with WCU back in January, while the Catamounts have dropped four-straight contests. The Paladins are paced by guard Devin Sibley who is averaging 17.3 points per game while the Catamounts will counter with redshirt junior Haboubacar Mutombo who is averaging 17.7 points per contest over the last three games. Wednesday night will also serve as "Social Media Night" inside the Ramsey Center. The game will be aired on ESPN3 with audio coverage through the Catamount Sports Network.
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 17:40:00 EDTJunior Devin Peterson of the Western Carolina men's basketball team tied a career-high with 20 points against the Spartans of UNCG but it was not enough to propel the Catamounts to victory. The Spartans connected on 12 3-pointers in the game to capture a 76-68 victory Saturday afternoon.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:23:00 EDTThe Western Carolina men's basketball team returns home Saturday afternoon for a contest with in-state rival UNCG. WCU fell to the Spartans earlier this year in Greensboro but the Catamounts are currently riding an eight-game home win streak over UNCG dating back to the 2008-09 season. Both teams limp into the contest having each dropped three of their last four games. WCU had a strong performance against Chattanooga in its last outing but fell by 12 points while the Spartans are coming off a 81-75 victory over Samford. Saturday afternoon's contest will be aired on both ESPN3 and locally on WMYA/MY-40. Audio coverage will also be provided through the Catamount Sports Network.
Sat, 04 Feb 2017 20:06:00 EDTThe Western Carolina men’s basketball team entered Saturday night’s contest at Chattanooga with upset on its mind and nearly pulled off the feat as the Mocs used a late push to down the Catamounts 77-65. WCU overcame a 13-point deficit and led midway through the second half but the seasoned Mocs found their shooting stroke late and pulled away down the stretch.