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Western Carolina Edges App State in Overtime Thriller Saturday

Tawaski King scored ten points including a crucial basket in overtime.

Feb. 8, 2014

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Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina outscored Appalachian State 16-7 in the overtime period as the Catamounts picked up their ninth home win of the season with an 84-75 victory over the Mountaineers in a Southern Conference rivalry game.

After trading the first two baskets of the overtime period, App State scored on back-to-back possessions to take a 74-70 lead two minutes into the five-minute frame. A Brandon Boggs dunk ignited the Catamounts and the crowd sending the Purple & Gold on a 12-0 run for an 82-74 lead with 37 seconds to play. Western Carolina held on over the waning seconds to earn the 84-75 win.

Trey Sumler paced the all-scorers with 25 point with 13 coming from the free throw line. Boggs came off the bench and contributed 15 points, while James Sinclair added 11 points. Tawaksi King and Tom Tankelewicz added ten points each with King's biggest points of the game coming in overtime during the WCU run. His jumper in the lane iced the game for the Purple & Gold.

Tommy Spagnolo scored 23 points to lead the Mountaineers, while Ty Toney and Tab Hamilton added 14 points and 13 points respectively.

WCU finished the game 44 percent overall, 36 percent from three and 74 percent from the line. The Catamounts made 31 of their 42 attempts from the charity stripe. App State ended at 40 percent from the field, 22 percent from behind the arc and 69 percent from the line. The Mountaineers were 27-of-39 from the stripe. The Purple & Gold's five 3-pointers compared to App State's two triples proved to be the difference in the game in an otherwise even box score.

In the first half neither team could take a lead larger than three points as the first 20 minutes featured nine ties and 12 lead changes. The 12th and final lead change came when WCU's Tankelewicz drained a 3-pointer, while standing on the edge of the half court logo with 38 seconds to play to give WCU a 31-30 lead. The Catamounts held off Mountaineers over the final seconds highlighted by fourth team block when Torrion Brummitt swatted away a potential Mountaineer basket to hold the one point lead at the break.

The Purple & Gold came out of the half with the first nine points to take a 40-30 lead on a Kenneth Hall layup following a King assist two and half minutes into play. The Mountaineers answered with an 11-3 run to cut the lead down to 45-44 with 12:13 to play, but the Catamounts responded when Brandon Boggs scored on an offensive rebound to regain a three-point lead, 47-44, with 11:47 remaining. However, the Mountaineers pulled even two minutes later at 49 on a layup by Aaron Scott.

Sumler broke a tie at 51 with a 3-pointer at the eight-minute mark as the Catamounts pushed the lead out to seven points, 60-53, following a Tankelewicz trey off a Sumler assist with 5:35 showing on the clock.

A minute a half later, App State retied the game at 60 following a layup by Rantavious Gilbert, but Sumler drove to basket and scored the layup. Sumler was fouled on the play and finished the and-1 with the free throw to give WCU a 63-60 lead with 3:45 left. Again, the Mountaineers evened the score, this time at 63 on a Toney layup a minute later.

With the score still knotted at 65, Sumler was fouled 35-feet from the basket on a blocking call. Sumler made both free throws with 49 seconds left, making it four straight points from the line by Sumler and the Catamounts. On the ensuing possession, App State's Neal was fouled, but missed the first of his free throw attempts as WCU clung to a 67-66 lead ten seconds later. Sumler was fouled with 14 seconds showing and sent to the line, where me made the first free throw, but missed the second. App State's Hamilton was fouled shooting a three from the corner with .2 seconds. Hamilton missed the first, but made the second attempt. Following a WCU timeout, Hamilton calmly made the third free throw sending the game into overtime and setting up the dramatic finish.

The game featured 17 ties and 14 different lead changes. The clock was stopped for 60 total fouls, 31 against App State and 29 against WCU.

Western Carolina vs. Appalachian State Game Notes
- The meeting is the last meeting between the two programs as SoCon opponents as the Mountaineers head to the Sun Belt 2014-15.

- WCU started Kenneth Hall at forward, Mike Brown at guard, Trey Sumler and guard, James Sinclair at guard and Tawaski King at forward ... It is the seventh different WCU starting line up this season and third different line up in the last four games ... Brown made his second start of the season matching his total from the 2012-13 season.

- Trey Sumler moved into a tie for fourth place on the WCU all-time scoring list with a 3-pointer with 19:07 on the clock in the second half ... Sumler moved into fourth alone with another triple at the eight minute mark ... Sumler finished with 25 points on night and 1,836 career points ... He is three points away from passing former Catamount and current NBA star, Kevin Martin, who scored 1,838 career points.

- With the win, WCU four straight over App State in the Ramsey Center.

- The 60 fouls and 81 total free throw shots between the two teams is a season-high for WCU this season ... The Catamounts attempted 42 free throw attempts is third for third for the highest attempts in a single-game ... Their 31 makes also ties WCU for third for made threes in a game.