Feb. 10, 2012
Charleston, S.C. -
Brandon Boggs led three Catamounts in double figures with 15 points, but it wasn't enough as the College of Charleston escaped the TD Arena with a four-point, 62-58, victory over the Catamounts Thursday night in Southern Conference action.
The Cougars led by as many as seven in the closing moments with WCU's Keaton Cole burying a pair of highly contested 3-pointers to keep the game within striking distance. However, the Cougars managed 8-of-10 from the free throw line including four made tosses inside the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.
Boggs added a team-high tying seven rebounds to accompany his 15 points while Cole scored 12 including three 3-pointers. Trey Sumler finished with 11 points and seven boards while Harouna Mutombo chipped in seven. Ishmael Hollis also added seven rebounds off the bench for the Catamounts.
Nori Johnson scored 17 points to lead three Cougars in double figures while and Adjehi Baru grabbed a career-high 17 boards. Baru finished with nine points despite 1-for-8 shooting, scoring seven points from the free throw line. Wiggins recorded 15 points and seven rebounds and Andrew Lawrence added 12 points and six rebounds for the Cougars (15-10, 7-7 SoCon).
Western Carolina (10-16, 4-9 SoCon) led by as many as nine in the first half, opening the game on a 12-to-3 run through the first six minutes. However, the Cougars erased the early deficit with 14-straight points to take a five-point, 17-12, lead midway through the half.
After going seven and a half minutes between field goals, the Catamounts were able to recover and managed a four-point, 28-24, lead into halftime. The Catamounts limited the Cougars to a total of six made field goals including three 3-pointers on just 20-percent shooting in the first half.
WCU led by as many as six early in the second stanza as Tawaski King
made a strong move in the paint to put the Catamounts on the board first after intermission. But an eight-point swing on a 9-to-1 spurt by the Cougars pushed the home team out in front four minutes into the frame. CofC would manage a five-point cushion midway through the half on a Jordan Scott 3-pointer, 46-41.
Mutombo drained an open 3-pointer from the right wing with five minutes to play in regulation to hand Western Carolina a one-point, 48-47, lead. However, after a pair of empty trips for the Catamounts, Charleston retook the advantage a minute later on a trey by Antwaine Wiggins and Baru converted a layup to put Charleston ahead 52-48 with 3:05 left. The Catamounts cut the deficit to 52-51 but Lawrence scored four straight points from the foul line to give the Cougars a 56-51 lead with only 54 seconds left.
All told, Thursday's game saw four ties and 12 lead changes. WCU limited the Cougars to just 27.1 percent (16 of 59) shooting from the field for the game. Charleston managed a 53-to-43 edge on the boards including 27 offensive rebounds.
Western Carolina travels to Furman on Saturday afternoon to face the Paladins at Timmons Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 pm. WCU, which has won two-straight on the road over Furman, was edged by the Paladins on a late 3-pointer during the Jan. 14, meeting between the two in Cullowhee.