CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Freshman Kameron Gibson led Western Carolina with 28 points, but the Catamounts were unable to overcome a career performance from ETSU’s Patrick Good in a 91-69 loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday night at the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center.
ETSU improves to 17-5 overall and 7-2 in the Southern Conference while Western Carolina drops to 5-17 and 2-7.
Gibson’s 28 points are the second-most in his career, trailing only a 35-point performance at SMU on Nov. 14, 2018. It marked the fourth time this season that the Cincinnati native has surpassed the 20-point threshold. Carlos Dotson tallied his ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Halvorsen scored 16 points. D.J. Myers had a career-high two blocks.
Good led ETSU with a game-high 35 points as he went 12-for-18 from the field and set an ETSU school record with 11 3-pointers in 17 attempts. Mladen Armus tallied 21 points followed by Jeromy Rodriguez with 14.
The Buccaneers opened the game on an 8-0 run before a Halvorsen bucket at the 17:43 mark. A Good 3-pointer gave the visitors a 17-3 edge before the Catamounts scored five straight to trail 17-8 with 14:27 to play. A pair of Armus free throws gave the Bucs a 23-10 advantage before Gibson made shots on consecutive WCU possessions to bring the Catamounts within single digits, 23-14 with just over 10 minutes to play. ETSU’s lead hovered between 10 and 14 points until Tucker’s 3-pointer at the 1:37 mark gave the Bucs a 43-25 lead. Gibson was fouled on a 3-point attempt with seven seconds left and made all three free throws to send the Catamounts into halftime trailing 45-31.
Gibson opened the scoring in the second half with a jumper 18 seconds into the frame. Good answered for the Bucs with a pair of 3-pointers followed by a Daivien Williamson basket that pushed the ETSU advantage to 53-33 at the 17:10 mark. Marcus Thomas’ three-point play with 12:30 remaining trimmed the deficit to 64-46. The teams traded baskets on the next four possessions before a Good 3-pointer at the 11:16 mark gave the visitors a 71-50 lead. Dotson brought the Catamounts within 20, 72-52, on a layup with just over 10 minutes remaining, but the Catamounts would get no closer down the stretch.
ETSU made 36 of 65 field goal attempts (55.4 percent) while Western Carolina went 23-for-48 (47.9 percent) from the field. ETSU held a slim 32-29 edge in rebounds and managed to convert 23 Catamount miscues into 38 points.
Western Carolina travels to Chattanooga on Thursday at 8 p.m.