Feb. 16, 2014
Greensboro, N.C. - With the game tied after 53 minutes of basketball, Brandon Boggs delivered with his 25th points of the night while cutting across the lane with a jumper that proved to be the game winner for the Catamounts lifting Western Carolina to an 82-77 Southern Conference win over UNCG Sunday afternoon in the Greensboro Coliseum.
After the two teams traded the first six points in overtime knotting the game for the 18th time this time at 77, Boggs caught the ball on the right block and drove across the lane hitting the right-handed jumper to give WCU a 79-77 lead with 1:13 left. The basket sent WCU on a 5-0 run as the Catamounts picked up two free throws from Trey Sumler and a free throw from James Sinclair en route to the 82-77 win completing the season sweep of the Spartans.
UNCG (12-15, 5-7) outshot WCU (15-12, 8-4) 47 percent to 44 percent from the floor, but the Catamounts held the edge knocking down seven of their 18 3-point field goals for 39 percent compared to the Spartans' 3-of-12, 25 percent, mark. The Purple & Gold, who entered the game 70 percent from the free throw line on the season, made 25 of its 31 free throw attempts for 81 percent, while UNCG hit only 20 of their 30 free throw attempts for 67 percent.
With WCU trailing 14-12, Tom Tankelewicz connected on back-to-back 3-pointers including from 35 feet to give the Catamounts an 18-14 lead with 10:39 left before the half. Following a triple from Nichols Paulos the Spartans strung together a 9-1 run to take a 23-19 lead six minutes later. Tankelewicz ended a six minute and 37 second drought for the Catamounts without a field goal when scoring from the lane with a layup on WCU's next possession.
Cain pushed the Spartan lead back to four points, 25-21, with a jumper, but Tankelewicz connected on his third triple of the half pulling WCU back within one point, 25-24, with 3:28 left before the half. The Catamounts cut the gap down to one point, 28-27, on Bogg's second 3-pointer of the half a minute later, but the Spartans held its narrow advantage taking a two-point lead, 33-31, into the half.
Boggs and Tankelewicz combined to score 26 of WCU's 31 points in the first frame. The duo went 8-of-11 from the floor, 5-of-6 from behind the arc and 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the period tallying 13 points each.
Following the break, Boggs kept the Catamounts in the game scoring eight of the WCU's first 10 points in the first three minutes as UNCG maintained its two-point lead, 43-41. WCU used 10 straight points from Trey Sumler to take a 51-47 lead at the 10-minute mark, but UNCG answered with a 3-pointer from Paulos, a pair of free throws from Jordan Potts and a jumper by Cain to take a 54-51 lead two minutes later.
UNCG pushed its lead out to five points, 61-56, on an old-fashion 3-point play by Kayel Locke with 6:15 to play, but WCU answered with a jumper and triple from Sinclair to tie the game at 61 with just under five minutes remaining.
After four lead changes, WCU took a 67-65 lead following a Tawaski King three-point play with 2:25 on the clock, but UNCG tied the game for the 13th time on two Cain free throws. After a Sinclair jumper, UNCG went on a 4-0 run following two Cain free throws and Tevon Saddler jumper in the paint to give the Spartans a 71-69 lead with 42 seconds to play. On the ensuing Catamount possession, Sumler drove the lane and attention of the UNCG defense as they double teamed WCU's leading scorer. Sumler laid a pass off to an open Justin Browning who was fouled while attempting a layup. Browning calmly went to the line and tied the game at 71 with a pair of free throws. UNCG's Jordan Potts had a good lock at a game-winning three, but Boggs closed on the shooter at the top of the key and blocked the shot sending the game into an extra five-minute frame.
Boggs scored eight points in the second half and four in the overtime period to go along with 13 first half point to earn his game-high 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor, 2-of-3 from behind the arc and 8-of-7 from the line. Sinclair added 14 points, and Tankelewicz and Sumler tallied 13 each. All 13 of Tankelewicz' points came in the first frame, while 10 of Sumler's 13 came in the second frame. Sumler also hand a game-high
UNCG placed five players in double figures led by Cain's 19 points on 6-of-14 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the line. Saddler followed with 11 points, and the Spartans got 10 points each from Locke, Paulos and RJ White.
WCU wraps up its current three-game road trip with Appalachian State on Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m. as the Catamounts look to pick up the season sweep of the Mountaineers after winning 84-75 in overtime in Cullowhee on February 8. Thursday's game will be the last meeting between the two schools in the regular season as SoCon opponents.
Western Carolina at UNCG Game Notes
- With the win, WCU improves to 15-12 overall and 8-4 in the SoCon ... The Catamounts move to 16-5 under head coach Larry Hunter against UNCG ... All-time WCU is now 28-16 against UNCG and 9-8 in road contest in Greensboro;
- WCU is now 5-10 in games when trailing at the half and 2-10 in games when trailing at the five-minute mark of the second half ... Sunday WCU trailed 61-58 at the five-minute mark;
- The Catamounts are now 2-0 in overtime games in 2013-14 ... WCU has outscored its opponents 27-15 in OT after Sunday's 11-6 margin and a 16-9 margin against Appalachian State on February 8.
- Brandon Boggs recorded his second straight 20-point game with his season-high 25 points Sunday ... Boggs tallied 21 points at Chattanooga on February 14 ... He recorded his third 20-point game of the season ... Boggs scored 22 points against Charleston Southern on December 18 marking Sunday's performance his third 20-point game of the season;
- Boggs went 7-of-8 from the free throw line ... His seven made free throws was a new career-high.
- James Sinclair has now scored in double-digits in five straight games with his 14 points Sunday.
- With his game-high five assists, Trey Sumler moved into eighth place all-time on WCU career assist list ... Sumler, 465 career assists, passed Joel Fleming and his 463 career assists.
- UNCG placed five players in double figures ... It was the third time this season a WCU opponent had five players score in double-digits.