CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men’s basketball team will play its final road game of the regular season Wednesday night as the Catamounts travel to The Citadel for a key game that will help determine the Southern Conference Championship seedings. The Catamounts are currently riding a six game losing streak while the Bulldogs have dropped 10 straight. WCU has won four-straight in Charleston dating back to 2011 and look to sweep the season series over the Bulldogs, whom they defeated earlier this season in Cullowhee 100-95. The Citadel boasts the second ranked scoring offense in the NCAA at 91.1 points per game led by Preston Parks who is averaging 17.0 points per game and who had 28 against the Catamounts in the first meeting this season. WCU will counter with its junior guards Devin Peterson and Haboubacar Mutombo who are each averaging in double-figures this season. The game will be carried on ESPN3 with audio coverage through the Catamount Sports Network.
Western Carolina (7-21, 2-13 SoCon) at The Citadel (9-19, 2-13 SoCon)
Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 7 p.m. | Charleston, S.C. | McAlister Field House (6,000)
TV/Video Stream: ESPN3
Talent: Kendall Lewis (PxP) and Sadath Jean-Pierre (Analyst)
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
Talent: Gary Ayers (PxP)
Live Stats: CitadelSports.com
Audio Stream: Catamount Sports Network
Twitter Updates: @Catamounts
WCU Game Notes
WCU vs. The Citadel Opening Tip:
• The Catamounts and Bulldogs meet for the second time this season Wednesday night. Western Carolina had four players reach career-highs in points against the Bulldogs while the Catamounts shot a season-high 57.9 percent from the field. Sophomore Elijah Pughsley, junior Haboubacar Mutombo, junior Devin Peterson and senior Kyle Rhoades all scored career-highs in the victory with Peterson also picking up a career-best in assists with 10.
• WCU has a slight 36-35 edge in the overall series thanks to the victory in Cullowhee earlier this season. The Catamounts have won four-straight over the Bulldogs in Charleston with their last loss coming Jan. 22, 2011.
• WCU enters Wednesday’s game ranked second in the SoCon in offensive rebounding (12.2 per game). Redshirt junior Haboubacar Mutombo leads the Catamounts, averaging a career-best 11.1 points per game (21st, SoCon) while Devin Peterson ranks 28th at 10.3 points per game.
• The Bulldogs boast the second ranked scoring offense in the country averaging a SoCon best 91.1 points per game. Preston parks leads the way with his 17.0 points per game which rank him sixth in the SoCon. Parks led the Bulldogs with 28 points in the earlier meeting with the Catamounts this season.
• The Catamounts return home for their final two regular season games of the year
• WCU will start the two-game homestand with a visit from ETSU. WCU will honor its three seniors, Deriece Parks, Kyle Rhoades and Charlendez Brooks, prior to the opening tip.
Catamounts and Bulldogs
• The Catamounts and Bulldogs history dates back to the 1977-78 season.
• The all-time series is led by WCU 36-35 after Western Carolina’s win over the Bulldogs in Cullowhee earlier this season.
• The Bulldog’s hold a 20-12 advantage in Charleston over the Catamounts despite WCU winning the four most recent contests in the low country.
• The Catamounts had an eight game win streak in the series snapped last year in Cullowhee. The eight wins is the longest winning streak by either team in the series. The Citadel won five in a row from 2009-2011.
• Junior Devin Peterson, redshirt junior Haboubacar Mutombo and Marc Gosselin are all averaging in double-figures over the five most recent contests.
• Peterson and Gosselin have each surpassed their career-highs during the span while Mutombo has come up just three points shy of his.
• Peterson is leading the way with 15.6 points per game over the span after scoring nine at Samford, 12 at Chattanooga, 20 against UNCG, 22 versus Furman and 15 at Wofford.
• He has knocked down five of his 12 3-point attempts over the span while playing all but 29 of the 200 minutes.
• Mutombo has played all but 23 minutes of the last five games and finished with 19 points at Samford, 17 at Chattanooga, 17 against UNCG, nine versus Furman and eight at Wofford for an average of 14.0 points per game.
• Mutombo connected on 31-of-56 field goal attempts (55.4%) over the five games and 2-of-6 3-point shots.
• He also averaged 5.8 rebounds per game over the span to rank second on the team behind Gosselin (7.6).
• Gosselin is just over 10 points per game at 10.6 after scoring nine at Samford, seven at Chattanooga, 11 versus UNCG, 16 against Furman and 10 at Wofford.
• The sophomore is also averaging a team-best 7.6 boards per contest in the stretch with a high of nine against Furman and at Wofford and two games with eight.