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Catamounts Drop Season Opener at Miami (Fla.)

Nov. 11, 2016

MIAMI, Fla. - The Western Carolina men's basketball team opened up the 2016-17 season on the road at ACC foe Miami (Fla.). The Hurricanes used a smothering defense to stifle the Catamounts and ran away with a 92-43 victory.

The Catamounts got into foul trouble early in the game and had to shuffle lineups throughout the evening as the Hurricanes made 36 trips to the charity stripe compared to WCU's three.

Senior Deriece Parks and freshman Onno Steger led the way with 10 points each while local product freshman Jason McMillan chipped in nine points all of which came from beyond the 3-point arc. Steger added six rebounds and a pair of assists to his collegiate debut stat line while Parks picked up five rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Freshman Yalim Olcay led WCU in rebounds with seven caroms while chipping in four points.

WCu struggled shooting the ball all night as the Catamounts finished at just 25.7 percent from the field and 21.2 percent from 3-point range. The Hurricanes on the other hand shot at a 50.0 percent clip while hitting 46.2 percent from downtown.

Miami placed five scorers in double-figures led by North Carolina native Ebuka Izundu who scored 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting.

The Hurricanes led in every statistical category including outrebounding the Catamounts 52-36 and out-blocking WCU 8-3.

The Catamounts will now turn their sights to their home opener this Sunday, Nov. 13 as they host Hiwassee at 2 pm. The game will feature a halftime performance by the ZooperStars.