Nov. 20, 2012
Cancun, Mexico - Western Carolina's international trip hits the hardwood on Tuesday afternoon as the Catamounts face the Austin Peay Governors (1-2) at the Moon Palace Resort in Riviera Division play at the 2012 Cancun Challenge. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm local time.
Western Carolina, Austin Peay, Gardner-Webb and Howard are part of the Riviera Division while Iowa, DePaul, Western Kentucky and Wichita State play in the Mayan Division.
Tuesday's game is slated to be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with a 1:00 pm ET / Noon CT air time and can be heard on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee; 540 AM WRGC in Sylva; 920 AM WPTL in Canton; and online at www.CatamountSports.com.
Fans can also watch all of the action live through Triple Crown Sports deal with CBS Sports Interactive, online at CatamountSports.com through Catamount All-Access (subscription required).
Austin Peay is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and like the Catamounts is riding a two-game slide. The Governors lost at Western Kentucky, 74-54, and at DePaul, 98-67, in Cancun Challenge on-site action. APSU will be without one of its leaders as Will Triggs (10.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg) misplaced his passport in Chicago and was unable to make the trip to Mexico for the afternoon game.
The Governors have had turnover issues during their three losses, averaging nearly 20 giveaways per game including a season-high 27 in the road loss at DePaul.
WCU has also lost its last two games in the Cancun Challenge, falling at Wichita State, 79-63, and most recently at Western Kentucky, 92-81. Redshirt junior point guard Trey Sumler has paced the team in its last two games, stretching his career double-digit scoring streak to a career-long 11-straight dating back to last season.
The Catamounts and Governors meet for the seventh-time in series history, deadlocked at three wins and three losses apiece. WCU has a two-game winning streak in the series, claiming the most recent meeting in Cullowhee, 71-57, early in the 1997-98 season.
Western Carolina arrived in Cancun on Sunday afternoon. After getting checked in by resort and tournament officials, the Catamounts held a film session and a 90 minute practice in the event's secondary gymnasium - a converted exhibit hall. Monday's activities included a walk-through and shoot-around on-site, with some down time to allow the players and travel party to explore the expansive Moon Palace Resort.
Monday evening included an outdoor tournament buffet-style banquet, with the festivities concluding with an authentic Mayan Indian ritual dance performance.
Western Carolina's game against Austin Peay is the first of four on Tuesday in the Cancun Challenge, opening the two-day, eight-game event.