CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina made a season-high 19 3-pointers as the Catamounts completed the season sweep of The Citadel thanks to a 103-82 win at the Ramsey Center on Saturday afternoon.
Western Carolina improves to 7-21 overall and 4-11 in the Southern Conference while The Citadel drops to 11-14 and 3-11.
The 19 made 3-pointers by Western Carolina is one shy of tying the single-game school record for most 3-pointers in a game. Onno Steger led four players in double figures with 25 points while Matt Halvorsen finished with 24 points. Marc Gosselin had a season-high 18 points while Marcus Thomas finished with 13 points. Gosselin, Thomas and Adam Sledd each grabbed six rebounds. Kameron Gibson tied a career-high with five assists.
Lew Stallworth led The Citadel with a game-high 37 points, with Zane Najdawi and Alex Reed finishing in double figure with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Kaiden Rice led the Bulldogs with six rebounds.
Gosselin got the Catamounts on the board with a 3-pointer 30 seconds into the game before the Bulldogs tied the contest on their next possession with a Rice 3-pointer. The Citadel took its first lead of the game, 9-8 at the 17:53 mark before the Catamounts went back on top with a Gibson 3-pointer at the 16:42 mark. Stallworth’s 3-pointer at the 16:04 mark put the visitors ahead 12-11 before a Thomas layup at 14:55 gave the Catamounts the lead. After a Najdawi jumper that brought the Bulldogs within a point, 21-20, Western Carolina went on a 9-2 run capped by a Halvorsen 3-pointer to lead 30-22 with just over eight minutes remaining.
The Citadel answered with a 9-3 run to pull within a pair, 33-31, after an Alex Reed jumper with 6:30 left. The Catamount lead hovered between one and four points until Najdawi tied the game at 35 on a layup with five minutes to play. Western Carolina outscored The Citadel 8-4 for the rest of the frame and led 43-39 at halftime.
Following a Najdawi layup that trimmed the Catamount lead to 52-47 with 14:04 left in regulation, Western Carolina went on a 16-0 run capped by Gosselin 3-pointer to lead 68-47 with just over 10 minutes to play. Of Western Carolina’s 16 points during the run, 12 points came as a result of made 3-point attempts. Steger gave the hosts their largest lead of the game at 23 points thanks to his bucket at the 8:58 mark for a 74-51 WCU advantage. The Citadel chipped away at the Catamount lead, pulling within 12 points, 85-73, as Stallworth converted a three-point play with 5:31 to go. Western Carolina pushed its lead back to 17 points, 92-75, only to have a Stallworth 3-pointer bring the Bulldogs back within 12, 92-80, with 2:46 remaining. The Catamounts closed the game on an 11-2 run to secure the win.
Western Carolina finished the game 30-for-52 (57.7 percent) from the field, 19-for-30 (63.3 percent) from behind the arc and 24-for-29 (82.8 percent) at the free throw line. The Citadel finished 28-for-67 (41.8 percent) from the field, 10-for-34 (29.4 percent) behind the 3-point line and 16-for-20 (80.0 percent) at the charity stripe. The Catamounts outrebounded The Citadel 36-31.
Western Carolina travels to UNCG on Thursday at 7 pm.