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Hot-Shooting Leads Georgia Southern Past Western Carolina, 72-66

Jan. 26, 2013

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Cullowhee, N.C. - Georgia Southern shot an opponent-best 54.9-percent from the field and put four players in double figures on Saturday afternoon, downing Western Carolina 72-66, in front of 1,983 in the Ramsey Center.

GSU (9-12, 3-5 SoCon) shot over the 50-percent mark in both halves, finishing 28-of-51 from the floor including 8-of-18 from beyond the arc to score the road win.

Redshirt junior Tom Tankelewicz led three Catamounts in double figures with a game-high 20 points, connecting on five 3-pointers - the only long-range shots WCU managed in the losing effort. Brandon Boggs finished with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds while Tawaski King scored a dozen with seven boards.

WCU's leading scorer Trey Sumler was limited to a season-low seven points, but managed to dish out four assists and swipe two steals, nearly playing the full 40 minutes for an 11th time this season.

For the Eagles, Eric Ferguson shot 8-of-12 from the field in finishing with 18 points while Cameron Baskerville connected on all three of his 3-point shots in scoring 14. Guard Cleon Roberts finished with 13 points, also hitting three treys, while Tre Bussey scored 11 points and C.J. Reed dished out 11 assists for GSU.

Western Carolina (8-13, 5-4 SoCon) erased an early five-point deficit and led by the same margin in the first half, pulling ahead 19-14 on a four-point play by Tankelewicz who found the range and was fouled beyond the 3-point arc. However, the Eagles counter-punched, forcing the game tied five times before intermission with WCU taking just a one-point, 37-36, edge into the halftime locker room.

The Eagles scored the first seven points of the second half, taking a six-point advantage, 43-37, just moments after the break. Using two buckets by Sumler and a pair from Tankelewicz, the Catamounts then strung together a 10-point spurt, surging back in front by four, 47-43.

Following the game's seventh tie, Marvin Baynham hit 1-of-2 free throws at the 9:20 mark in the second half to give GSU a lead it would never relinquish as the Eagles claimed their second-straight victory over the Catamounts in the Ramsey Center.

WCU finished 25-of-54 (46.3%) from the field, but made just 5-of-17 from beyond the arc - including just 1-for-7 after halftime. The Catamounts also shot just 55-percent from the free throw line, its poorest showing from the charity stripe since the loss to Austin Peay in Cancun, Mexico (3-of-8, 37.5%).

Western Carolina embarks on another long road swing beginning next Saturday, Feb. 2, at archrival Appalachian State. The Catamounts will play three-straight road games including visiting ASU in Boone, Davidson and Georgia Southern. All told, WCU plays five of its next six games away from Cullowhee.

Post-Game Notes:
- Western Carolina lost for the fourth time in its last five games ... The loss to GSU was WCU's third-straight defeat at home - the longest winless drought for the Catamounts in the Ramsey Center since dropping three-straight during the 2006-07 season ... WCU went on to lose the first home game of 2007 for the four-game home skid, the longest for WCU under head coach Larry Hunter;

- Redshirt junior Tom Tankelewicz scored 20 points against Georgia Southern on Saturday, his third 20-point outing this season ... Tankelewicz connected on five 3-pointers, his seventh game this year with 5-or-more triples;

- Junior Brandon Boggs finished the game with 14 points marking his fourth-straight game in double-digit scoring marking the longest consecutive double-figure scoring streak of his WCU career;

- WCU redshirt junior Trey Sumler was held to a season-low seven points against Georgia Southern ... Sumler did dish out four assists to give him 328 for his career, just THREE shy of moving into a tie for 10th place on the school's career chart ... Quentin Moore had 331 assists from 1981-84;

- Sumler also came away with two steals against GSU giving the Rocky Mount, N.C., native 130 for his career - just SIX shy of moving into a tie for 10th with Richard Gainey who had 136 steals from 1990-93.