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Western Carolina to Face UNCG in SoCon Quarterfinals

March 4, 2011

Chattanooga, Tenn. - Western Carolina learned its Southern Conference quarterfinal opponent on Friday afternoon as the North Division's fifth-seed UNC Greensboro eliminated Davidson, the fourth-seed from the South, with a 71-64 first round win. The Catamounts and Spartans will meet in the first quarterfinal game on Saturday afternoon with tip-off set for 2:00 pm at UTC's McKenzie Arena.

The game will be broadcast by the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee, 680 AM WRGC in Sylva and 920 AM WPTL in Canton beginning with the pregame show at 1:30 pm. Fans can also follow with live streaming audio online through Stretch Internet at

UNCG (7-23) held Davidson to 24-percent shooting including 16-percent (6-of-37) from the floor in the first have during its first round win.

Western Carolina (17-14) swept the regular season meeting against its divisional foe, winning twice inside the final month of the regular season. WCU won in Cullowhee, 83-73, back on Feb. 5 as five players scored in double figures led by 19 from SoCon Freshman of the Year, Trey Sumler, and a double-double by Harouna Mutombo.

Most recently, the Catamounts held on for a 70-66 win over the Spartans in Greensboro as All-SoCon senior Mike Williams and the league's Defensive Player of the Year combined for four made free throws in the closing seconds.

All told, the Catamounts have won six-straight over UNCG dating back to the 2009 season.

WCU and UNCG have met in the SoCon tournament three times prior with the Spartans winning all three. The last meeting came in the first round of the 2006 tournament in North Charleston, S.C., a 69-65 victory for UNCG.

Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.