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Western Carolina Stumbles at Home; Falls to Elon, 80-67

Jan. 14, 2013

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Cullowhee, N.C. - Elon put four players in double figures including the second seasonal double-double by Lucas Troutman to overcome Trey Sumler's career night as the Phoenix handed Western Carolina an 80-67 loss Monday night in the Ramsey Center.

Connecting on nine field goals including a career-high tying five 3-pointers, Sumler scored a career-high 32 points to pace the Catamounts. The Rocky Mount, N.C., native added five rebounds and three steals on the night. Freshman Mike Brown scored 10 points as the only other WCU player in double figures, with Tawaski King just missing a double-double with eight points and seven rebounds.

For Elon, Troutman finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double, while Jack Isenbarger chipped scored 16 second half points for the Phoenix after playing just seven minutes in the first half with foul trouble. Sebastian Koch hit four 3-pointers as a part of a 15-point showing with Ryley Beaumont scoring a dozen for Elon in the winning effort.

Western Carolina (7-10, 4-1 SoCon) led 31-27 at halftime and held the advantage until a layup by Troutman evened the score at 39-39 with 15:59 to play. Isenbarger followed with a 3-pointer, and the lead changed hands six times over the ensuing four minutes.

Elon ended the pinball pace with a 15-to-0 run that opened with a jumper by Ryan Winters that gave the Phoenix a lead it would never relinquish. Elon's run included two treys by Isenbarger and another by Koch for a 62-48 lead with 7:37 remaining. During the three and a half minute run, WCU missed four shots and committed three turnovers.

The Catamounts were only able to dip Elon's advantage back into single digits twice over the closing minutes, both coming at the free throw line. Preston Ross made it a 68-59 game with a pair of charity tosses at the 2:48 mark and Sumler again made it a nine-point game at 70-61, but that was as close as WCU would get.

Elon (9-7, 2-2 SoCon) shot 57-percent in the second half and outscored the Catamounts 53-36 to pull off the road win. The Catamounts were held to just 39-percent shooting from the floor for the game.

Western Carolina opens a two-game road swing on Thursday night against SoCon North Division foe Samford at the Pete Hanna Center before visiting Chattanooga on Saturday evening at the McKenzie Arena. Tip-off on Thursday night is scheduled for 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT.

Official Statement Regarding WCU Men's Basketball Player, Tom Tankelewicz:
Western Carolina men's basketball redshirt junior guard Tom Tankelewicz has been ruled academically ineligible indefinitely effective Monday, January 14, due to an administrative oversight. His potential reinstatement is pending NCAA ruling.

The Buckley Amendment prohibits any additional personally identifiable information from the student's education records to be disclosed.

Western Carolina vs. Elon - Post-Game Notes:
- Western Carolina lost at home for the second time this season ... it was just the 11th loss in the past 61 home games (50-11, .820) and just the eighth conference loss in the past 41 home dates (33-8, .805);

- Elon won for the second-straight trip to Cullowhee, inside the Ramsey Center after losing eight of its first nine inside the facility ... WCU holds a 8-3 record against Elon in the Ramsey Center;

- WCU was denied a 5-0 start with the loss to Elon on Monday night ... WCU did match its best-ever start to a conference season with a 4-0 start to the 2012-13 campaign, matching the 1994-95 squad's start ... the league's only other unbeaten team - Davidson - also fell on Monday night, losing to Georgia Southern;

- WCU's Trey Sumler scored a career-high 32 points in the home loss to Elon ... It is the first time a Catamount player has scored 30-or-more points since Brandon Boggs scored 35 against Northern Colorado in a neutral court loss in South Padre Island on Nov. 25, 2011;

- Trey Sumler moved two positions in WCU's all-time scoring chart ... Sumler now has 1,154 career points to move into 29th place all-time, by-passing Kirby Thurston (1,135 points from 1974-75) and Dondrell Whitmore (1,144 career points from 1996-2000).