Jan. 25, 2014
Charleston, S.C. - Tom Tankelewicz poured in ten first half points leading Western Carolina to a 14-point halftime lead as the Catamounts cruised to a 78-60 win over The Citadel Saturday in the McAlister Fieldhouse in a Southern Conference game.
Tankelewicz ended the game 5-of-9 overall including a 3-of-7 mark from behind the 3-point line. Justin Browning recorded career-highs with 10 points and seven rebounds. He also had three steals, a block and an assist. Trey Sumler tallied 10 points and a game-high eight assists, while Kenneth Hall added seven points and swatted three Bulldog shots.
Trailing 9-8 four and a half minutes into play, WCU strung together an 11-2 run to take a 19-11 lead with 9:33 left in the first half. The Citadel cut the lead down to four points, 19-15, 30 seconds later, but WCU responded with a 7-1 run highlighted by four points from Hall, including a dunk on an offensive putback, to extend the margin to ten points, 26-16, with five minutes remaining before the break.
The Catamounts controlled the final five minutes of play and pushed the lead out to 14 points, 38-24, following Tankelewicz's second 3-pointer of the half right before the buzzer.
The Purple & Gold continued to dictate the game as WCU extended the lead out to 18 points, 57-39, with 8:35 remaining en route to the 78-60 win snapping the Catamounts' two-game slide.
Western Carolina shot 45 percent from the field, while The Citadel ended the game at 33 percent. The Bulldogs were limited to only seven second half field goals, but made 20-of-25 free throws in the second stanza. WCU held a consider advantage on the glass outrebounding The Citadel 43-27, including a 15-5 advantage on the offensive boards. The Catamounts scored 38 points in the paint compared to 17 for The Bulldogs.
Western Carolina was whistled for 25 fouls compared to just 14 for The Citadel resulting in 33 total free throws for the Bulldogs; the Catamounts went to the line on 14 times.
Matt Van Scyoc ended with a career-high 25 points as he was 6-of-17 from the floor and 12-of-13 from the free throw line. Van Scyoc also collected 10 rebounds for a double-double. Ashton Moore and Brian White ended with 11 points each.
With the win, WCU halts a two-game skid as the Catamounts improve to 12-10 overall and 5-2 in the Southern Conference. The Catamounts have reeled off five straight wins over the Bulldogs.
WCU will return to the hardwood at Elon on January 30 with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. The Catamounts won the first meeting between the two schools 74-62 back on January 4 in Cullowhee.
Western Carolina at The Citadel Game Notes
- Brandon Boggs converted WCU's third four-point play of the season with 18:36 in the first half ... It is the second consecutive game WCU made four-point play ... Boggs had a four-point play against Davidson on Thursday, January 23.
- Tom Tankelewicz finished with 15 points - his first double-digit game in four games ... It is his seventh double-digit game of the season.
- Justin Browning had a career-high 10 points in the game ... He finished 5-of-8 from the field.
- Senior guard, Trey Sumler, became the fifth Catamount all-time to eclipse the 1,800 career point with his 10 points Saturday ... Sumler has 1,805 career points - 14 shy of passing Ronald Rogers and his 1,818 career points from 1950-53.