Dec. 30, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina closes the calendar year 2012 with just its third home game of the season as it entertains the Liberty Flames at 2:00 pm on Monday afternoon in the Ramsey Center. The Catamounts have played 10 of their first 12 games of the 2012-13 away from home including the program's first-ever regular season international trip with two games in Cancun, Mexico.
Monday's game will be broadcast by the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee, 540 AM WRGC in Sylva and 920 AM WPTL in Canton. Fans can also catch live streaming audio (free) and video (subscription) through WCU's official website, www.CatamountSports.com.
Western Carolina (4-8) looks to snap a two-game seasonal slide while trying to continue its current five-game home win streak inside the friendly confines of the Ramsey Center. WCU is 2-0 at home thus far this season with a nonconference win over Mars Hill (Nov. 11) and Southern Conference victory over archrival Appalachian State back on December 8.
The Catamounts have three players averaging double-digit scoring led by Trey Sumler with a 16.3 point per game average - a mark which ranks him tied for second in the SoCon. Junior post Tawaski King is averaging a dozen points and a team-high 5.3 rebounds per game with Tom Tankelewicz rounding out the trio at 10.8 ppg. Brandon Boggs, coming off a 15-point showing at Tennessee prior to the Christmas holiday, is averaging 9.9 points per game for WCU.
Liberty (3-10) has won back-to-back games after losing 10 of their first 11 games of the season. All three victories have come against non-Division I foes including Southern Virginia (Dec. 4), Milligan (12/21) and Union College (12/28). The Flames are coming off their highest scoring game of the season, lighting the scoreboard for 104 points against Union College.
Liberty has one player averaging double-digit scoring in junior guard Davon Marshall with a team-with 12.1 point per game average. However, the Flames have four additional players averaging at least 7.7 points per outing.
The two have two common opponents this season. Both teams fell at Georgetown in the Verizon Center, and both also played Howard. The Catamounts defeated the Bison, 69-67, in Cancun on Nov. 21 while Liberty lost to Howard in Washington, D.C., 60-53, on Dec. 15.
Monday's meeting is the third all-time between the Catamounts and Flames in a rubber-match of sorts as the teams split the first two meetings, winning on their respective home courts. Liberty won the first meeting back in 2002, 66-63, in Lynchburg, Va., with WCU claiming the most recent match-up in 2004, 75-62, in Cullowhee.
Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 pm.