Feb. 9, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Fresh off its overtime victory over rival Appalachian State Saturday, Western Carolina will turn around and face Furman Monday night in the Ramsey Center at 7 p.m. in the Southern Conference's Game of the Week, which will be aired on CSS, ESPN3, the WatchESPN app and the ESPN Full Court package.
The Western Carolina Review
- Western Carolina ENTERS the game at 13-11 overall and 6-3 in the SoCon ... WCU is coming off an a thrilling overtime WIN over RIVAL App State, 84-75, Saturday ... WCU had lost THREE of its last FIVE games, but have WON two of its LAST THREE;
- WCU won EIGHT straight in the Ramsey Center before FALLING to Davidson (01/23), 82-77... The Catamounts are 9-1 entering Monday in the Ramsey Center... WCU is 89-40 under head coach Larry Hunter at HOME.
- Trey Sumler, 18.0 points per game, leads THREE Catamounts in double-digits ... James Sinclair AND Brandon Boggs AVERAGE 10.6 points per game;
- Sumler is FOURTH in the SoCon in points per game and LEADS the league in assists at 4.4 per game;
- Sumler has SCORED 1,836 career points ranking him FOURTH on the WCU all-time scoring list ... Sumler is ranked TENTH on the NCAA active career scoring lists ... He is THIRD ranked player with over 1,500 career points and 350 career assists with his 1,838 points and 450 career assists.
- WCU LEADS the SoCon in steals at 7.7, turnover margin at +1.58 and offensive rebounds at 13.8 per game.
- 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 1,015 career games.
WCU vs. Furman: The Series History
- The Catamounts and Paladins have met 63 TIMES prior to Monday's with Furman HOLDING a 37-26 series ADVANTAGE;
- Furman also LEADS the series SoCon meetings, 33-26 ... WCU does hold a 17-11 ADVANTAGE in games play in CULLOWHEE;
- The FIRST meeting came in 1977 when WCU was MOVING into the SoCon ... Furman WON 106-83 in Greenville;
- The Catamounts have won SIX of the last EIGHT meetings and are 7-5 UNDER head coach Larry Hunter;
- Furman WON the only meeting between the two schools last season, 79-65, in Greenville ... The Paladins also WON the last game in Cullowhee, 58-55, on January 14, 2012.
Scouting the Paladins
- Furman ENTERS the game amidst a FOUR-game losing streak including a 65-50 LOSS at Davidson in its last game Saturday;
- The Paladins are 1-9 in SoCon play including a 1-5 mark in ROAD SoCon games ... Overall Furman is 3-10 in games play on the ROAD;
-Stephen Croone LEADS the Paladins in scoring at 19.3 points per game ... Croone is SECOND in the SoCon in scoring;
- Kendrec Ferrara and Larry Wideman follow AVERAGING 10.4 points per game and 10.1 points per game;
- The Paladins are in the BOTTOM of the league in steals, 5.0 per game, turnover margin at -5.7, assists at 9.5 per game and assist to turnover ratio at 0.7.
- Niko Medved is in his FIRST season as at the helm of the Paladin men's basketball program.
What's Next for Western Carolina
- The Catamounts HIT the road for THREE games at Chattanooga on Thursday, February 13 with tipoff set for 7 p.m.
- It will be the FIRST of TWO meetings against Chattanooga this season.
- WCU then HEADS to UNCG Sunday, February 16 and at App State on Thursday, February 20.