Nov. 15, 2013
Recap | Box Score
Blacksburg, Va. - After a brief trip to the West Coast, the Western Carolina men's basketball team returns back east with Virginia Tech on Friday at 7 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum.
The Catamounts (2-1) continue their 10-day, six-game road trip with the first game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic against the Hokies. WCU will play the remainder of the four-game tournament with three games at Kent State against the host Golden Flashes (11/21), Niagara (11/22) and USC Upstate (11/23) to close out the road swing.
The Purple and Gold suffered a 107-83 loss to No. 18 Oregon in its last game. Prior to game WCU welcomed back preseason All-Southern Conference selection, Trey Sumler. Sumler promptly went out and posted 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor including a 3-of-4 mark from behind the arc against the Ducks. It wasn't until the eight-minute mark with Oregon up 78-70 that the Ducks pulled away and took control of the game. After trailing by only two at the half, 41-39, WCU was outscored 66-44 in the second half.
Virginia Tech (1-1) enters Friday's contest after an 87-82 win over West Virginia (11/12) in its last game; their lost came against USC Upstate in the opener, 64-63. The Hookies led the all-time series between the two schools 3-0 with wins in 2005, 2003 and 1992. The game in 2005 was a 54-40 VaTech win - the largest margin of defeat for WCU in the series --, but the 2003 game was decided by just two points, 61-59.
For the Catamounts, Tom Tankelewicz -- 15 points against Wittenberg (11/08), 14 points against UNC Asheville (11/11) and 11 points at Oregon (11/13) -- and James Sinclair -- 13 points against Wittenberg (11/08), and 17 points against UNC Asheville (11/11) and at Oregon (11/13) -- have scored in double digits in the first three games.
WCU has had three or more players score in double-digits in the first three games; it is the first time since the 2006-07 season WCU has accomplished that feat.
The game can be found on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app on your mobile device. Fans can also tune into the Catamount Sports Network and hear the call by Daniel Hooker with the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m.
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