Dec. 4, 2013
Conway, S.C. - Coastal Carolina strung together a 9-0 run in a three-minute span in the second half to close out the Western Carolina men's basketball team as the Chanticleers scratched out a 76-68 win over the Catamounts Wednesday night in the HTC Center in a nonconference game.
After trailing by as many as 12 points, 51-39, in the second half and down by nine points, 53-44, with 10 minutes to play, Rhett Harrelson knocked down back-to-back threes as the Catamounts mounted an 18-7 run to take a 61-60 lead at the five-minute mark. It was WCU's first lead since the first basket of the game before allowing CCU to make a 20-9 to open the first half.
However, Coastal Carolina's Elijah Wilson, who scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the second half for the Chanticleers, answered on CCU's next possession with a layup. Wilson and Josh Cameron, who scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, would combine to tally the next nine points as the Chanticleers regained control of the game with a nine point lead, 69-61, with two minutes left to play. The spurt was all Coastal Carolina needed as CCU hit five of its six free throws in the final two minutes, and 11 of its 12 free throws in the second half, to secure the 76-68 win.
After struggling to control the Chanticleers on the offensive glass in the first half -- CCU held an 8-5 advantage leading to 10 second chance points -- the Catamounts yielded only five offensive rebounds in the second half allowing just two points. Coastal Carolina outscored Western Carolina 40-24 in the paint, but WCU held a significant margin in the turnover battle, 21-15. WCU notched 24 points off of CCU turnovers.
The Purple & Gold went 23-of-59 from the floor for 39 percent, while Coastal Carolina ended 27-of-57 from the field for 47 percent. WCU made eight of its 29 three point attempts for 28 percent, while CCU went 3-of-19 for 16 percent.
The Catamounts 56 percent free throw percentage came on 14 made free throws following 25 attempts, compared to the Chanticleers 19of-23 from the line.
Wilson's game-high 23 points came on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor, while 10 of Cameron's 17 points came from the free throw line for CCU. Warren Gillis and Michel Enanga added 12 and 10 points respectively for Coastal Carolina. Enanga collected a game-high 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Brandon Boggs led Western Carolina's offense with 12 points highlighted by a 4-of-8 shooting performance. Trey Sumler, who has scored in double digits in the last five games, tallied 11 points. Tawaski King and Harrelson added nine points each. King grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
WCU heads back to the state of Ohio for the third and final time with a game at Cleveland State on Monday, December 16 at 7 p.m. following a 12-day break for final exams. A home date on December 18 against Charleston Southern is WCU's next game in the Ramsey Center.
Western Carolina at Coastal Carolina Notes
- WCU won the opening tip for the eighth time this season ... WCU scored the first points of the game ... It was the seventh time this season WCU scored first ... WCU is 5-3 when scoring first.
- WCU scored the first points of the second half on a Brandon Boggs jumper; it was the fourth time this season WCU scored the first points of the second half.
- Brandon Boggs scored a game-high 12 points ... It was the second time the senior has led the Catamounts in scoring;
- Boggs moved into the 36th place on the WCU scoring list with his 12 points Wednesday ... He now has 1,061 career points moving ahead of Bill Bowen's 1,055 career points.
- Trey Sumler moved into ninth place on the WCU all-time scoring list with a pair of free throws at 7:04 mark in the first half ... Sumler moved Gene McConnell, who scored 1,589 career points who played from the Catamounts from 1966 through 1970;
- Sumler finished with 11 points ... He now has 1,596 career points ... He is now 32 points shy of Greg Wittman's eighth place mark of 1,628 career points.
- With three assists Tuesday, Sumler is tied with former Catamount standout and current assistant coach Brigham Waginger for ninth in career assists with 398;
- Sumler moved into ninth place for 3-point field goal attempts with his eight attempts Tuesday passing Robert Gaines' 434 attempts ... Sumler now has 442 attempts, nine shy of eighth place Cory Largent, who had 451 attempts.
- WCU went 14-of-25 from the free throw line for 56 percent ... It was the Catamounts lowest mark of the season.
- Coastal Carolina had four players score in double figures ... WCU's opponent has had four or more players in double-digits in each of the last five games ... During that stretch the Catamounts have gone 2-3.
- Coastal Carolina's 3-of-19 performance from behind the 3-point arc for 15.8 percent was the second lowest 3-point field goal percentage by a WCU opponent this season ... Kent State (11/21) went 2-of-18 for 11.1 percent.