Nov. 22, 2013
Kent, Ohio - Three Catamounts notched career-highs in points led by senior Trey Sumler's 35 points in Western Carolina's 98-90 win over Niagara in the second game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Friday in the M.A.C. Center on the campus of Kent State University.
Sumler made his first four shots from the floor including a three and made his first seven free throws en route to his career-high 35 points. Sumler finished 10-of-20 from the floor and 14-of-16 from the free throw line. He also handed out ten assists to pick up WCU's first double-double of the season.
Mike Brown and Brandon Boggs followed with 17 points each. Boggs' 17 points came on 7-of-10 shooting including three 3-pointers. His performance Friday pushed the senior guard over the 1,000 point mark as he became the 43rd Catamount to cross the plateau. Brown, who made his first start of the season filling in the injured James Sinclair, made all seven of shot attempts including three from behind the 3-point line to earn his career-high. Rhett Harrelson was the fourth Catamount in double-digits, and third to record a career-high with 12 points on two 3-pointers and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
The Catamounts won the opening tipoff and scored on a Kenneth Hall jumper in the paint -- his only points of the game -- as WCU took a lead they would never relinquish over the remaining 39:26 in the game.
Hall's basket sent the Catamounts on a 20-9 run through the first five minutes of play. Sumler had 12 points during the stretch including two old-fashion three-point plays. Antoine Mason converted a layup on the Purple Eagles' next possession as Niagara mounted an 11-2 run to trim the lead down to two points, 22-20, with 10:23 left before the half.
However, WCU responded as the Catamounts pushed the lead out to 38-26 in five-minute span sparked by seven points from Torrion Brummitt, who would finish with the game with only nine points. Over the final 5:34 to play in the first half, the Catamounts would stay in control of the game and take a 16-point, 56-40, lead into the half.
Niagara chipped away at the WCU lead until the Purple Eagles dwindled the margin down to 76-73 following a Marcus Ware three-point play with 7:41 showing on the clock, but an 11-3 run by the Catamounts highlighted by two big threes from Harrelson quickly pushed the WCU lead back to double figures, 87-76, four and a half minutes later.
The Purple & Gold (4-3) would run out the clock as the Catamounts made 7 of their final 10 free throw attempts to seal the 98-90 win.
Mason was the Purple Eagles' leading scorer with 35 points on 12-of-22 shooting from the floor and 8-of-10 from the line. Niagara got 16 points from Ware and Ramon Snowdown, and had Rayvon Harris chip in 11 points in the loss.
WCU shot a sizzling 59 percent from the floor knocking down 33 of its 56 field goal attempts, while Niagara was 49 percent overall on 29-of-59 shooting. The Catamounts made 10 of their 16 attempts from behind the arc for 63 percent compared to the Purple Eagles' 38 percent on 8-of-21 shooting from long range.
The Purple & Gold held a narrow rebounding margin, 36-29, but the telling stat for the Catamounts was 26 points in transition compared to only two for the Purple Eagles.
Western Carolina will play its final game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic against USC Upstate Saturday, November 23 at 5 p.m. before returning to the friendly confines of the Ramsey Center on Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m. against Limestone.
Western Carolina vs. Niagara Game Notes
- WCU won the opening tip for the fourth time this season ... The Catamounts scored on the first possession of the game on a Kenneth Hall jumper for the fifth time this season.
- Niagara scored the first points of the second half; it was the fourth time this season WCU gave up the first points of the second half.
- Trey Sumler's 35 points came of 10-of-20 shooting overall including making one of his two 3-point attempts ... He also added 14 free throws on 16 attempts in the game ... He started 4-of-4 including a three and made his first seven free throw attempts.
- Sumler was the first Catamount to score 30 or more points since he notched his career-high 32 points at Elon on January 14, 2013.
- Sumler moved into 11th all-time on the Catamount points list with 1,526 career points following the game ... He passed Frankie King, 1,495 points, and Danny Tharpe, 1,518, career points ... He trails former teammate Harouna Mutombo, who scored 1,578 points.
- Sumler logged 39 minutes in tonight's game to move ahead of former Catamount standout and current assistant coach Brigham Waginger for third all-time ... Sumler's 3,676 minutes are third all-time behind Casey Rogers' 3,757 minutes and former teammate Harouna Mutombo's 3,815 minutes.
- Sumler also handed out a season-high 10 assists collecting the Catamounts first double-double of the season ... It is his fourth career points-assists double-double and sixth total double-double ... His first double-double since he had 25 points and 12 assists at Chattanooga on January 19, 2013.
- Boggs became the 43rd Catamount to eclipse the 1,000 point mark with his 17 points in the game ... His jumper from the right wing with 5:41 on the clock in the first half put him exactly on 1,000 career points;
- Boggs finished with 1,012 career points ranking him 42nd all-time ... He is ahead of Wilson Scott, who had 1,000 career points.
- Boggs collected nine rebounds in the game tying his career-mark ... He accomplished the feat three times counting Friday's game as he had nine at the College of Charleston on January 20, 2011 and against Georgia Southern on January 26, 2013.
- Brown's career-high 17 points came on a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor including 3-of-3 from behind the arc ... His seven made field goals tied a career-mark and his three made 3-point field goals tied a career-high.
- Harrelson also scored a career-high with his 12 points ... He was 2-of-3 from behind the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line ... Harrelson's six made free throws and six free throw attempts were both career-highs.
- WCU's 58.9 percent from the field was the first time since the Catamounts' 52.7 percent at Georgia Southern on February 9, 2103 that WCU shot 50 percent or better from the floor;
- The Catamounts shot 62.5 percent from three ... It was the first time since a 60 percent mark against Coastal Carolina on February 23, 2013 that WCU shot 60 percent or more.
- James Sinclair missed the game with a hip pointer injury ... Tawaski King played the first minute of the first half before leaving the game with a lower leg injury; he did not return in the second half.