Nov. 18, 2012
Bowling Green, Ky. - Trey Sumler pumped in a season-high 25 points to lead three Catamounts in double figures on Saturday night, but Western Carolina dropped its second game in the 2012 Cancun Challenge, falling 92-81 at Western Kentucky in the E.A. Diddle Arena.
Sumler knocked down eight field goals including three 3-pointers on the night, adding six from the charity line to pace the Catamounts. Junior Preston Ross matched his career-high with 19 points while classmates Tawaski King and Brandon Boggs finished with 15 and nine points, respectively.
T.J. Price and Jamal Crook led the way for the Hilltoppers with 26 points apiece in the win. Price added nine rebounds while Crook dished out four assists for Western Kentucky (2-1). George Fant recorded 12 points and Teeng Akol 10 in the winning effort.
WCU took an early 4-2 lead before WKU used a 10-to-3 run to take a 12-7 lead, and later added a quick 5-0 spurt to jump ahead 21-12 following an Akol basket with 8:19 left in the first half. WKU used an additional 11-0 run in the second half to expand a 47-39 lead to 58-39 to pull away for the win.
WCU nearly matched the field goals of the Hilltoppers, making 26 shots from the field against 28 by WKU. However, Western Kentucky shot 51-percent from the floor against 45-percent for the Catamounts including just a 5-for-21 showing from beyond the 3-point line.
Western Carolina (1-3) travels to the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico, for two games in tournament play on Tuesday, Nov. 20 and Wednesday, Nov. 21. The Catamounts face Austin Peay at 1:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm CT on Tuesday afternoon. Should the Catamounts win on Tuesday, it would face the winner of the Gardner-Webb/Howard game at 4:00 pm on Wednesday. If WCU loss on Tuesday would put the Catamounts in the 1:30 pm game on Wednesday against the loser of the Gardner-Webb/Howard game.
The Catamount Sports Network is planning to cover both games from Cancun with fans able to tune in locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee; 540 AM WRGC in Sylva; 920 AM WPTL in Canton; and online at www.CatamountSports.com.
Western Carolina at Western Kentucky - Post-Game Notes:
- Western Carolina remained winless against Western Kentucky all-time, dropping the second all-time meeting on Saturday night ... Saturday's game halted a 24-year hiatus, the first meeting between the two schools since 1988;
- Western Carolina junior post Preston Ross matched his career-high with 19 points in the road loss at Western Kentucky ... His previous career-high came nearly one year ago to the date as he scored 19 on Nov. 15 in a home win over Montreat College;
- Trey Sumler finished just two points shy of his career-high of 27 scored against Appalachian State on Feb. 25, 2012 ... Including the final seven games of the 2011-12 season and the first four of 2012, Sumler has scored in double-digits in 11-straight games, his career-long streak.