CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The Western Carolina men’s basketball team looks to close out the home portion of its schedule on a winning note Saturday as the Catamounts host VMI at 7:30 p.m. in a doubleheader with the women’s team.
Saturday’s game is Senior Night with senior forward Marc Gosselin along with two senior managers honored prior to tip-off. In addition to Senior Night, it is also Retro Night with lunch boxes given out to students sitting in the Cat Cage student section courtesy of The Law Office of Nathan Earwood, Criminal Defense. Kids who attend the game in their youth sports jersey or practice shirt will receive free admission courtesy of Entegra Bank. Students who participated in the science fair on Wednesday and Thursday will get in free with the winning presentations set up on the concourse.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and on WMYA, My40 in the Asheville/Greenville/Spartanburg television market with Kyle Rush, Jeff Bryson, and Summer McMahan on the broadcast. The Catamount Sports Network will provide coverage with Gary Ayers on the call. Saturday’s game can be heard on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee, 105.7-FM/540-AM WRGC in Sylva as well as online at www.catamountsports.com. Live stats will also be available.
Western Carolina is 7-22 overall and 4-12 in the Southern Conference after a 79-76 overtime setback at UNCG on Thursday. Carlos Dotson scored a team-leading 17 points. Marcus Thomas scored 16 points off the bench while Matt Halvorsen tallied 15 points, including a half-court 3-pointer that forced overtime. Kameron Gibson also finished in double figures with 10 points.
VMI is 7-20 overall and 1-14 in league games after a 94-70 home loss to ETSU on Thursday night. The Keydets and Bucs were tied at 39 at halftime before ETSU used a 24-3 second-half run en route to the win. Myles Lewis scored a career-high 27 points in the win as SoCon leading scorer Bubba Parham was limited to two points.
WCU and VMI square off for the 59th time on Saturday night with the Catamounts holding a 34-24 edge in the all-time series and a 19-9 record in games played in Cullowhee. VMI defeated the Catamounts 91-83 in Lexington, Va. on Jan. 19.
The Catamounts conclude the 2018-19 regular season on Sat. March 2, traveling to ETSU for a 4 p.m. tip-off.