Dec. 18, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's basketball team set the single-game school record with 20 made 3-point field goals - 10 from senior guard Tom Tankelewicz tying the individual single-game mark - to propel the Catamounts past Charleston Southern 92-84 Wednesday night in the Ramsey Center in nonconference action.
As a team WCU went 20-of-35 from behind the arc for 57 percent. Sixty of the team's 92 points, came from behind the 3-point line as WCU was 29-of-65 from the field and 14-of-18 from the free throw line.
Individually, Tankelewicz went 10-of-18 from long range, including several shots from beyond 25 feet well behind the NBA 3-point line, for a career-high 30 points. The senior guard, who transferred from Charleston Southern following the 2009-10 season, did not attempt a field goal from inside the arc, nor did he attempt a free throw in the game as he accounted for 15 points on five made threes in each half.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair that saw the Buccaneers take a 12-5 lead just over three minutes into play. Three-minutes later the Catamounts took their first lead of the game, 16-12, following an 11-0 run. Brandon Boggs finished the game with 22 points, 14 of which came in the first half on 5-of-6 shooting including four 3-pointers, had two shots from behind the arc during the run.
CSU pulled even at 20 with 11:12 left in the half, and with the game still tied four minutes later, this time at 26, WCU took control with a 16-8 run sparked by Boggs' fourth three of the half and a high flying dunk off an alley-oop pass from Trey Sumler, who would finished the game with a team-high seven assists. By the time the Catamount run concluded following a three-point play from Mike Brown, WCU led 42-34 with less than two and a half minutes to play in the half. After CSU made a three with 1:12 to play, Tankelewicz answered with a trey to keep the lead at eight points, 42-37. He answered again for the Catamounts following another Buccaneer triple with 33 seconds to play as the senior knocked down a corner three in front of the CSU bench with seven seconds before the buzzer to give WCU a 48-40 lead at the break.
The Catamounts shot a sizzling 60 percent in the half, 18-of-30, including 11 made threes on 17 attempts. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers went 13-of-30 for 43 percent converting only six of their 16 attempts from behind the arc for 38 percent. CSU did go 8-of-9 from the free throw line, while WCU made its only shot from the charity stripe in the first 20 minutes.
The Purple & Gold came out and pushed the lead to nine points, 51-42, on Boggs' final three of the game two minutes into the half only to see the Charleston Southern take a one point lead, 57-56, following a 15-5 run capped off by an Arlon Harper old fashion three-point play with 13:21 showing on the clock.
After six lead changes and with the game tied at 65, WCU got a three from Tankelewicz to regain a brief lead only to see CSU knot the game back up for the seventh time, this time at 71, two minutes later. The Catamounts went on to outscored the Buccaneers 21-13 over the final four and a half minutes to pick up the 92-84 win. Tankelewicz, again was responsible for answering the call as he broke the tie with three to give WCU a comfortable seven point lead, 84-77, with a minute and a half to play as he tied WCU single-game record with the basket.
WCU cooled off to shoot 48 percent overall including its 57 percent mark from behind the arc. CSU ended with a 43 percent field goal percentage, a 36 percent 3-point field goal percentage and a 73 percent free throw percentage. The Buccaneers were 19-of-26 from the line compared to WCU's 14-of-18 for 78 percent.
Led by seven rebounds each from Tawaski King and Trey Sumler and six rebounds from Josh Mendenhall, the Catamounts held a 42-34 advantage on the boards. WCU ended the game with 21 assists -- its highest mark of the season -- on 29 made baskets compared to just 15 assists for CSU.
Trailing Tankelewicz and Boggs, Sumler chipped in 18 points on an efficient 5-of-9 shooting performance including two made threes and a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the free throw line. He is the second Catamount in as many games to go 6-of-6 from the free throw line as King accomplished the feat Monday at Cleveland State.
Harper paced the Buccaneers with 26 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the floor, 4-of-10 from thee and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Matt Kennedy added 18 points, and Will Saunders chipped in 12 points. Kennedy was also 6-for-6 from the line. Nimley had a game-high eight assists directing the Charleston Southern offense.
With the win, WCU halts a three-game losing streak and improves to 6-7 overall remaining unbeaten in the friendly confines of the Ramsey Center in the opening stages of 2013-14, while CSU slips to 3-6 on the season.
The Catamounts travel to Georgia Saturday, December 21 for their final game before the Christmas Holiday break with tipoff schedule for 7 p.m. WCU's last game of the 2013 calendar year will be back in the Ramsey Center on December 30 against Milligan at 7 p.m.. The Milligan game begins a three-game home stand for WCU that sees the Catamounts open Southern Conference play against UNCG on January 2 at 7 p.m. and against Elon on January 4 at 2 p.m.
Western Carolina vs. Charleston Southern Game Notes
- The WCU win halts a three-game losing streak and keeps the Catamounts undefeated at home at 4-0 ... WCU is 2-0 when scoring 90 or more points and 2-2 when the opponent scores 80 or more points.
- Tom Tankelewicz went 10-of-18 from 3-point range tying the WCU single-game record for made 3-pointers in a game ... His 18 attempts was one shy of the single-game 3-point field goal attempts record ... Tankelewicz tied David Donerlson who made 10 3-pointers against Elon on February 20, 1989;
- Tankelewicz' 10 made 3-pointers tied him for third in the Southern Conference for 3-point field goals made ... He joins five other players tied for third ... The feat was most recently accomplished by UNCG's Nick Paulos on February 21, 2013 when the Spartans played at Chattanooga;
- Tankelewicz is the third player to hit 10 threes in the a game this season in the NCAA ... He ties Marshal Henderson from Ole Miss, who made 10 against Oregon on December 8, Akeem Richmond of East Carolina, who made 10 against Fayetteville State on December 3, and Reggie Groves of North Carolina Central who made 10 against Barber-Scotia on November 26.
- His 18 3-point field goals attempted tied him for eighth with The Citadel's Craig Bardo against the College of Charleston during the 1986-1987 season;
- Tankelewicz finished with 30 points for a career-high ... It was his first 30-point in his WCU career and his collegiate career after transferring from Charleston Southern following the 2009-10 season.
- WCU made 20 team 3-point field goals in the game setting a new team single-game record for 3-point field goals made ... Sixty of the team's 92 points game from behind the arc ... WCU snapped the previous record of 17 made 3-point field goals held by three teams - 2010, 2012 and 2009;
- WCU's 20 3-pointers made as a team tied the Catamounts for the third best mark in the Southern Conference -- two shy of snapping the mark ... UNCG made 20 3-point field goals at Chattanooga on February 21, 2013.
- WCU became the second team this season in the NCAA to hit 20 3-point field goals in a game ... The Catamounts tied Eastern Kentucky for the top spot on the list ... The Colonels made 20 3-pointers against Warren Wilson on November 13.
- WCU had 21 assists on 29 made baskets in the game ... Seventy-two percent of WCU's made baskets were assisted ... The 21 assists is a season-high for the Catamounts.
- Brandon Boggs turned in 22 points for his first 20-point game of the season and the seventh time in his career ... Boggs has now scored 1,087 career points moving into 34th all-time on the WCU scoring list ... He moved up two spots during Wednesday night's game.
- Trey Sumler scored 18 points in the game for 1,635 career points ... He moved into eighth place all-time on the WCU points list ... Sumler passed Greg Wittman and his 1,628 career points;
- Sumler became the third Catamount this season to go a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line tying the school record in free throw percentage ... He ties Rhett Harrelson, who went 6-for-6 against Niagara (11/22) and Tawaski King, who went 6-for-6 at Cleveland State (12/16) whom have accomplished the feat this season and 31 other Catamounts on the single-game list.
- WCU snapped a six game streak of giving up double-digit points to four or more plays against Charleston Southern.