Cullowhee, N.C. – After playing the first seven games of the 2019-20 season against nonconference opponents, the Western Carolina men’s basketball team opens the Southern Conference portion of its season on Tuesday by welcoming Chattanooga to the Ramsey Center for a 7 pm tip-off.
The game will be streamed on ESPN3 (paid cable or satellite subscription required) with Daniel Hooker and Jeff Bryson on the call. The Catamount Sports Network will provide coverage with play-by-play from the “Voice of the Catamounts” Gary Ayers. Catamount Sports Network coverage airs on 90.5 FM, WWCU, 105.7-FM/540-AM WRGC in Sylva, as well as online at www.catamountsports.com. Live stats will also be available. Fans will want to remain in their seats at halftime for Halftime Dogs Flying Disc Show.
WCU is 5-2 overall after defeating Bryan College 78-54 in a pre-Thanksgiving contest last week. Junior Matt Halvorsen had a team-high 16 points while freshman Tyler Harris recorded a career-best 15 points and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds. Senior Carlos Dotson finished with his second double-double of the season and 15th of his career with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Although he was held to a season-low seven points, redshirt junior Mason Faulkner dished out a game-high eight assists.
Chattanooga is 5-3 and enters Tuesday’s matchup as champions of the Emerald Coast Classic with wins over Alabama State and Jacksonville State last weekend. The Mocs have the lowest scoring offense in the SoCon with an average of 65.9 points per game and have scored 80-plus points only once in eight games. Matt Ryan leads the Mocs and is 10th in the league with 14.3 points per game. David Jean-Baptiste is also averaging double figures with 13.9 points per game.
Tuesday’s game is WCU’s 94th all-time series meeting with Chattanooga holding a 66-27 edge though WCU is 21-22 vs Chattanooga in Cullowhee. The Mocs claimed a 73-62 win in Cullowhee on Jan. 3, but the Catamounts scored a season-high 105 points in a 105-96 win in Chattanooga to close out January. It was just the fifth road victory for WCU in series history and the first time the Catamounts scored consecutive road wins at Chattanooga.
Western Carolina concludes a three-game homestand on Saturday, welcoming mountain rival UNC Asheville for a 4 p.m. start.
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