CULLOWHEE, N.C. - For the first time since 2014, the Mountaineers of Appalachian State will visit the Ramsey Center Monday night for a rivalry game with the Western Carolina men's basketball team at 7 pm. The Catamounts renewed the rivalry last season in Boone as WCU picked up a 58-53 victory. The Mountaineers are coming off an 84-61 victory over South Florida while the Catamounts dropped a close 69-60 contest at the College of Charleston. WCU is 1-0 at home this season after the 76-67 victory over Hiwassee while Appalachian State holds a 0-2 mark in road contests. WCU looks for the guard combo of Devin Peterson and Matt Halvorsen to return to form after a tough College of Charleston contest while junior Mike Amius hopes to build off an impressive 22 point performance against the Cougars. The entire Proud of the Mountains Marching Band will be in attendance at the game and will perform throughout. WCU is also offering the first 300 students free Beat App! t-shirts courtesy of Miller Direct, River Walk Apartments and the Law Office of Nathan Earwood while the first 500 students will receive free pizza courtesy of WCU Athletics and Little Caesars.
Western Carolina (2-6, 0-0 SoCon) vs. Appalachian State (5-4, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Monday, Dec. 4 | 7 p.m. | Cullowhee, N.C. | Ramsey Center (7,826)
Talent: Daniel Hooker (PxP), Jeff Bryson (Analyst) and Summer Brooke McMahan (Sideline)
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
Talent: Gary Ayers (PxP)
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WCU Versus Appalachian State
• Monday night's game will be the 191st meeting between Western Carolina and Appalachian State in men's basketball.
• The Catamounts and Mountaineers first met in the 1927-28 season, a 57-19 victory for Appalachian State in Boone.
• WCU and ASU played every year from 1928 to 1943 before taking a break for World War II. The series would resume in 1946 and they would play every year until 2014 when the Mountaineers left the SoCon.
• The 2016 meeting was the first since Feb. 20, 2014.
• The Mountaineers lead the series 118-72 and hold a slight 45-44 advantage in Cullowhee.
• WCU currently has a three-game win streak in the series after sweeping the pair of meetings during the 2013-14 season and winning last season in Boone. The Catamounts have also won seven of the last nine meetings between the two squads including four-straight in Cullowhee.
• The Mountaineers hold the longest win streak in the series which was 16-straight victories from 1987-1994.
WCU and the Sun Belt
• The Catamounts have played eight of the 12 current members of the Sun Belt Conference and hold a 91-149 mark in those contests.
• The majority of those meetings came against teams who recently joined the Sun Belt including Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina.
• WCU is 72-118 against Appalachian State, 3-5 versus Coastal Carolina, 15-20 against Georgia Southern, 0-1 versus Georgia State, 0-1 against Louisiana-Lafayette, 1-1 versus Troy, 0-1 against Little Rock and 0-2 versus UTA.
• WCU's most recent meeting with a current Sun Belt team was a 89-65 loss to UT Arlington in the Barclays Center Classic.
• Junior transfer Mike Amius had the best game of his Catamount career at the College of Charleston.
• The forward scored a career-high 22 points while knocking down six of his eight shot attempts and nailing 10 of his 12 free throws in the contest.
• He added seven rebounds, an assist and a block.
• Amius scored 13 of WCU's first 15 points in the game as he kept the Catamounts ahead of the Cougars early on.
• The Western Carolina men's basketball team shot over 60 percent from 3-point range against Alabama A&M at the Barclays Center Classic in Niagara, N.Y.
• The Catamounts nailed 14 3-pointers in the contest with six different Catamounts getting in on the action.
• Junior Marc Gosselin led the way as he knocked down all three of his 3-point attempts.
• Sophomore Onno Steger came off the bench to knock down both of his 3-point attempts while freshman Matt Halvorsen finished 3-of-4 from long range.
• Senior Devin Peteson was 2-of-3 while freshman Desmond Johnson knocked down one of his two attempts.
• The final deep threat was senior Deriece Parks who hit three of his eight attempts from 3-point range in the contest.
Peterson Equals Ws
• Senior Devin Peterson has led the Catamounts in scoring twice this season and those two contests were WCU victories.
• The Milton, Ga., native had a team-high 15 points in the victory over Hiwassee earlier this season.
• Peterson nearly toppled his career-high in points with a team-best 21 in the victory over Alabama A&M. The senior was 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range in the win. He also dished out seven assists.
• Three others have led the Catamounts in scoring this season with a combined 0-6 record when that occurs.