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Men's Basketball Heads to The Citadel Saturday

WCU will honor Dan Peters during the game.

Jan. 25, 2014

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Charleston, S.C. - Western Carolina will travel to The Citadel Saturday night with tipoff slate for 7 p.m. as the Catamounts look to halt a two-game slide.

The Western Carolina Review
- Western Carolina ENTERS the game at 11-10 and 4-2 in the SoCon after an 82-77 loss vs. Davidson at home Thursday;
- The loss snapped WCU's eight-game home winning streak and extends the Catamount losing streak to two games.
- Trey Sumler was awarded his SECOND SoCon Player of the Week honors (12/31) becoming the SECOND Catamount to earn POTW in THREE different SEASONS ... It was also his SECOND time this season winning POTW;
- Sumler NOTCHED a career-high 40 points during the week against Milligan (12/30) becoming the first player since Kevin Martin in 2003-04 to score 40 or more points;
- Sumler leads THREE Catamounts in average DOUBLE-DIGITS points per game at 18.7 ppg ... James Sinclair AVERAGES 10.4 ppg and Brandon Boggs AVERAGES 10.2 ppg;
- Sumler is FOURTH in the SoCon in points per game and LEADS the league in assists per game at 4.3;
- Sumler is ONE of only TEN players in the NCAA with over 1,000 career points and 350 career assists ... He is the 10th ACTIVE player in SCORING in the NCAA.
- Head coach Larry Hunter is the 11th active winningest coach in the NCAA at 640 career wins over 33 seasons ... He has been a head coach in 1,012 career games.

WCU vs. The Citadel Quick Series Hitters
- The Catamounts and Wildcats have MET 64 times prior to Saturday's meeting with The Citadel holding a 30-34 advantage;
- WCU has WON the last four meetings after The Citadel won five consecutive meetings ... The Catamounts WON 72-55 January 5 and ELIMINATED the Bulldogs from the SoCon Tournament 76-61 on March 8;
- The Bulldogs hold a 27-33 ADVANTAGE in conference games;
- The FIRST meeting between the two teams came on December 10, 1977 -- when WCU joined the SoCon ... WCU WON the first meeting 65-64;
- The two teams have played SIX overtime games and had FIVE games decided by one point.



Scouting the Bulldogs
- The Citadel ENTERS the game at 4-17 overall and 0-6 in Southern Conference games ... The Bulldogs are 4-5 at HOME;
- The Citadel suffered an 80-67 loss to Appalachian State extending its losing streak to NINE games including TWO overtime games.
- Matt Van Scyoc leads THREE Bulldogs in double digits at 15.4 points per game ... Van Scyoc shoots 43.5 percent from the floor ... Brian White AVERAGES 13.3 points per game ... Ashton Moore FOLLOWS with 12.4 points per game;
- White LEADS The Citadel with 7.2 rebounds per game.
- The Bulldogs LEAD the league in field goal percentage defense at 44.4 percent and assists at 14.4 assists ... They are SECOND in free throw percentage at 70.7 percent and in 3-point field goal defense at 33 percent

What's Next for Western Carolina
- WCU TRAVELs to Elon on Thursday, January 30 ... WCU WON the FIRST meeting between the two schools 74-62 in the Ramsey Center on January 4;
- The Catamounts RETURN home for two games starting with Appalachian State on February 8 and ending with Furman on February 10.

4 Pete's Sake: WCU Honors Former Assistant Coach and Akron Director of Operations
- The University of Akron announced on Dec. 14 that Director of Men's Basketball Operations Dan Peters began a personal leave of absence to seek treatment for pancreatic cancer. As part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, our men's basketball staff will wear lapel pins with a purple ribbon - the color for pancreatic cancer awareness - and the words "4 Pete's Sake" in support of Coach Peters and his battle against pancreatic cancer. These pins will be worn by the men's basketball coaches of every school at which Peters has worked, as well as every school in the Mid-American Conference. The media, members of the college basketball community and fans are encouraged to tweet about "Pete" using the hashtag #4PetesSake.

Coaches vs. Cancer/Sneakers and Suits
- The Catamount coaching staff will be dawning sneakers with their suits Saturday as part of the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Sneakers and Suits Weekend.

Akron Basketball, Coaching Community to Show Support for Coach Peters

To show their support for Dan Peters in his fight against pancreatic cancer, the Akron Zips will host a "Purple Out" on Wednesday, Jan. 29, against Ball State as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend.

Peters, the director of basketball operations for the men's basketball team the past five seasons, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December and has been on a leave of absence since to pursue treatment.

The men's program has dedicated the season to Coach Peters - also known as "Pete" - and has worn a patch on their uniforms with a purple ribbon and the words "4 Pete's Sake." Fans and members of the college basketball community have also shown their support on Twitter by using the hash tag #4PetesSake.

In past years, the Zips have taken part in the annual Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, which is set for Jan. 24-26. However, the event will have greater meaning this season with one of Akron's own battling cancer. Starting Friday, will go purple through Wednesday's game as part of the Suits and Sneakers weekend.

During the men's game against Ball State, purple shirts with the "4 Pete's Sake" logo will be distributed to the first 3,000 fans in attendance. Fans are also encouraged to wear purple to the game in the event that all of the shirts have been distributed before they arrive. Fans can also purchase a "4 Pete's Sake" lapel pin for $5, with proceeds going to pancreatic cancer research.

Members of the basketball community will also show their support for Peters during the Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend or in games next week by wearing a "4 Pete's Sake" pin on their lapels. Every school at which Peters has worked, as well as every member of the Mid-American Conference and other programs, will show their support for Peters.

Those showing their support for Peters include Akron (men and women), Arizona, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Delta State, Eastern Michigan (men and women), Houghton College, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Ohio, Ohio State, St. Joseph's College (Ind.), Toledo, Walsh University, Western Carolina, West Virginia, Western Michigan and Youngstown State (men and women). Peters' son, Danny Peters, is the assistant director of basketball operations at Arizona. Drew Hannan, the head coach at Houghton College, is a former student-athlete of Coach Peters.

A 30-plus year veteran of the collegiate coaching scene, Peters joined the Akron staff in 2009 after time at Ohio State (2004-09) and Cincinnati (1999-2004) as an assistant coach, as well as the head coaching spot at Youngstown State (1993-99). He also was on former Akron head coach Coleman Crawford's staff for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 campaigns.

Peters is a Northeast Ohio native who was born in Cleveland and grew up in Canton. He is a 1976 graduate of Kent State University.

Fans interested in learning how they can help everyone battling pancreatic cancer can visit the National Pancreatic Awareness Network and National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation web sites for more information.

Dan Peters Coaching Career
Akron (Director of Basketball Operations): 2009-Present
Ohio State (Associate Director of Operations and Assistant Coach): 2004-09
Cincinnati (Assistant Coach): 1999-2004
Youngstown State (Head Coach): 1993-99
Saint Joseph's College (Ind.) (Head Coach): 1991-93
Akron (Assistant Coach): 1989-91
Western Carolina (Assistant Coach): 1988-89
Walsh (Head Coach): 1983-88
Walsh (Assistant Coach): 1981-83
Delta State (Graduate Assistant): 1979-80