Catamounts take on Alabama at 9 p.m. on the SEC Network
Head coach Larry Hunter is in search of win number 650
Despite five Catamounts in double-digits, WCU falls 93-86 at Samford
The Catamounts honored their five seniors prior to Thursday's game
WCU picked up its 10th SoCon win for the sixth time since joining the league
Basketball Spotlight - Tom Tankelewicz
Western Carolina basketball dropped a 79-74 battle to defending SoCon champion Davidson on Thursday night.
The WCU men's basketball team opened up the 2012-13 season officially with its first practice of the season in the Ramsey Center, Friday evening.
Points: 30, Charleston So. -- 12/18/13
Rebounds: 8, at Eastern Kentucky -- 12/01/12, at Georgia Southern -- 02/09/13
Assists: 5, vs. Howard -- 11/21/12
Steals: 3, at Elon -- 02/16/13, Wittenberg -- 11/08/13, at UNCG -- 02/16/14
Blocks: 2, Appalachian State -- 12/08/12
FG made: 10, Charleston So. -- 12/18/13
FG attempts: 18, Charleston So. -- 12/18/13
3FG made: 10, Charleston So. -- 12/18/13
3FG attempts: 18, Charleston So. -- 12/18/13
FT made: 6, Toccoa Falls -- 01/17/12, at No. 18 Oregon -- 11/13/13
FT attempts: 6, Toccoa Falls -- 01/17/12, at No. 18 Oregon -- 11/13/13
3-point field goals made: 5th (80 in 2012-13)
3-point field goals attempted: 5th (207 in 2012-13)
Games started: t-7th (32 in 2012-13)
3-point field goals made: 10th (66 in 2013-14)
2013-14 (Redshirt Senior): Appeared in all 34 games with four starts ... Was one of three Catamounts to score in double-digits in the first three games of the season -- 15 points against Wittenberg (11/08), 14 points against UNC Asheville (11/11) and 11 points at Oregon (11/13) .. Came off the bench to tally 23 points, one shy of his career-high, at Liberty (11/16) ... Scored 18 points in the come-from-behind win against Limestone (11/26) ... Followed with 15 points at Wright State (11/30) ... Scored a career-high 30 points against his former team, Charleston Southern (12/18) ... He went 10-of-18 from 3-point range tying the WCU individual single-game mark for 3s made in a game ... Became the third player in the NCAA this season to hit 10 3s in a game ... Totaled 12 points against Elon (01/04) highlighted by four 3-pointers ... Snapped a four-game streak of not scoring in double-digits with 15 points at The Citadel (01/25) ... Scored 10 points in the overtime win over App State (02/08) ... Notched 10 points in back-to-backs games with 10 points against Furman (02/10) ... Scored 13 points -- all in first half -- in the overtime win at UNCG (02/16) ... Tallied 10 points in the season finale at Samford (03/01).
2012-13 (Redshirt-Junior): Started in all 32 games for the Catamounts ... Finished with 309 points, averaging 9.7 points per game on 26.1 minutes per game ... Scored in double-digits 14 times including 20 or more points four times ... Led WCU in scoring three times and rebounding twice ... Eighty of 104 made baskets came from 3-point range, (77%) ... Ranked fifth in three-point makes in a single-season at 80 ... Led in the Southern Conference in 3pt field goals made ... Averaged 2.5 threes per game, finished ranked fifth in the WCU single-season records ... Finished ranked 10th in the Southern Conference at 38.6 percent from three ... Missed only two free throws (21-of-23) ... Led WCU with 15 points on five made threes at UNC Asheville (11/09) ... Scored 17 points in back-to-back games against Howard (11/21) and vs. Furman (11/28) ... Handed out a career-high five assists against Howard ... Grabbed eight rebounds on the road at Eastern Kentucky (12/01) ... Tallied 19 points vs. Appalachian State (12/08) ... Scored a career-high 24 points highlighted by six made threes against No. 15 Georgetown (12/15) ... Only player in the game to play the full 40 minutes, setting a new career-high ... Notched 21 points at Chattanooga (01/19) on seven made threes setting a career-high ... Went 7 of 9 in the game from the floor and from three ... Scored 20 points at home against Georgia Southern (01/26) ... Tied rebound career-high with eight at Georgia Southern (02/09) ... Recorded 23 points against Elon (02/16) ... Tied career-high with seven made threes in the Elon game.
2011-12 (Redshirt Sophomore): Saw action in 27 games, all coming off the bench ... Finished with 58 points, averaging 2.1 points on 6.4 minutes averaged per game ... Shot 29.6-percent from the field including 25-percent from beyond the 3-point arc ... Had five steals and four assists on the year ... Made his WCU debut in the season-opener at South Carolina, subbing in at the 16:35 mark and playing 14 minutes, scoring six points and pulling down four rebounds ... Connected on his first field goal as a Catamount on a three-point play at 13:26 of the first half against the Gamecocks ... Came off the bench for his best all-around game against UNC Asheville where he was perfect from the field (2-2) including nailing a key 3-pointer as the Catamounts held off UNCA (12/28) ... Scored his WCU career-high 11 points in the home win over Toccoa Falls (1/17) including a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line ... Made a pair of 3-pointers including a banked-shot late in overtime at UNCG (1/28) for a SoCon-best eight points ... Made three crucial free throws and pulled down three rebounds helping secure the home win over Chattanooga (2/2).
Prior to Western Carolina: Played in 20 games as a reserve at Charleston Southern during the 2009-10 season, making three starts ... Averaged 5.5 points per game while shooting 37-percent from beyond the arc with 23 made 3-pointers ... Scored a career-high 14 points against Stetson ... Suffered a sprained MCL, missing four games before returning - then suffered a season-ending broken hand.
High School: Averaged 19 points, six rebounds and three assists per game at Middle Creek HS ... Was a McDonald's All-American nominee and named first-team all-conference, as well as academic all-conference as a senior ... Shot 43-percent from behind the 3-point arc in making a school-record 87 3-pointers, while also shooting 80-percent from the free throw line as a senior ... Set the single-game record for 3-pointers made in the North Carolina / South Carolina All-Star Game ... Tied the 3-point record for the 2009 Glaxo Smith Kline Holiday Invitational with 14 made treys, tying Matt Bonner's record in earning all-tournament team honors ... Set his high school single-game scoring record with 37 points in a game ... the 97th-ranked shooting guard by ESPNU in the Class of 2009.
Personal: Is the son of Tom and Maureen Tankelewicz ... Born in July of 1991 in Philadelphia, Penn.