CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men’s basketball team will end a grueling stretch of its schedule, that features three games in just five days, Friday night by hosting Southern Wesleyan in non-conference action. The WCU marketing team is also holding Star Wars Night at the game which will feature giveaways, a costume contest and Star Wars music throughout the game. The top-three best dressed will receive Star Wars prize packs with the overall winner earning four free tickets to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premier at Cherokee Phoenix Theater. There will also be an auction for a Star Wars inspired Western Carolina jersey with all proceeds going to Coaches vs. Cancer. The Catamounts will look to maintain a perfect record at home this season where they are 2-0 so far in 2017-18. The Warriors of Southern Wesleyan have dropped four-straight and hold a 1-8 record on the young season.
Western Carolina (3-7, 0-0 SoCon) vs. Southern Wesleyan (1-8, 0-2 Conference Carolinas)
Friday, Dec. 8 | 7 p.m. | Cullowhee, N.C. | Ramsey Center (7,826)
WCU Versus SWU
• Friday night’s game will be just the third meeting all-time between the Catamounts and Warriors.
• WCU and SWU met in back-to-back seasons in 1981-82 and 1982-83.
• WCU won both meetings including a 95-77 victory in the first game in Cullowhee and a 79-70 win in the second contest.
WCU Versus Non-Division I Opponents
• Western Carolina is 27-0 against non-Division I opponents under the guidance of head coach Larry Hunter.
• The Catamounts have averaged 94 points a game in those contests while holding their opponents to 57 points per game.
• WCU’s last loss against a non-Division I opponent came on Jan. 7, 2003 against Reinhardt College. The Eagles won 64-63.
Home Sweet Home
• Western Carolina is 113-47 inside the Ramsey Center under head coach Larry Hunter.
• The Catamounts are currently a perfect 2-0 in home contests this season.
• WCU has won three-straight at home dating back to the end of last season.
• 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 magic continued against Appalachian State as Amius slammed home the go-ahead basket with seven seconds left in the game.
• He finished with 19 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
Tale of Two Halves
• Western Carolina’s victory over Appalachian State was a tale of two halves for the Catamount offense.
• WCU registered its lowest first half shooting percentage of the season against the Mountaineers, 31.0%, before coming out in the second half and posting its best second half shooting percentage of the year at 63.0%.
• The Catamounts nailed four of their five 3-point attempts in the second half.
• 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.