Feb. 12, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina's Trey Sumler was named the Southern Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week today for games played Feb. 5-11. Sumler averaged 19.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as the Catamounts posted a 2-1 record on the week, snapping a four-game slide with back-to-back victories.
After falling at Davidson (73-59), Western Carolina (10-15, 7-6 SoCon) scored a road win at Georgia Southern (71-62) before holding off Wofford (57-56) at home on Monday night.
The weekly honor is the second in Sumler's career as he garnered top honors in the final week of the regular season in 2011-12 after nearly averaging a triple-double (19.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 8.0 apg). It is the first weekly award for WCU this season.
A redshirt junior, Sumler opened the week with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists at Davidson. He followed that performance with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting at Georgia Southern.
In WCU's final game of the week, Sumler scored a game-high 26 points, including the game-winning jumper with 2.3 seconds left against the Terriers. The Rocky Mount, N.C., native scored 14 of WCU's final 16 points, including the Catamounts' final seven. He shot 40-percent (6-of-15) from 3-point range, 75 percent (9-of-12) from the free throw line and averaged 2.3 steals in three games.
Monday's performance marked the 14th time in his career that Sumler has scored 20-or-more points in a game.
Sumler currently ranks second in the SoCon with 18.0 points per game - a mark that jumps to 19.2 against league foes. He leads the league in steals (2.2 spg) and ranks fifth in assists (3.8 apg) while also ranking eighth in free throw percentage with a team-best 81.5-percent.
This season, Sumler has moved into the Top 10 on three individual charts at WCU. He currently ranks 10th on all three ledgers including career steals (338), 3-pointers made (143) and assists (140). He additionally eclipsed the 1,300-point plateau, moving into 21st in school history with 1,301 career points scored.
Amidst a stretch of playing five games in a 10-day span, Western Carolina plays its final two road games of the season this week. The Catamounts visit preseason North Division favorite, UNCG, and the league's leading scorer in Trevis Simpson on Thursday night at the Greensboro Coliseum before tangling with the divisional leader, Elon, on Saturday evening. Tip-off of both games is scheduled for 7:00 pm.