Cullowhee, NC (Sports Network) - Trey Sumler scored a team-best 17 points,
shooting 11-of-13 at the free-throw line, as the Western Carolina Catamounts
held on for the 62-59 win over the UNC Greensboro Spartans in Southern
Conference play at the Ramsey Center.
Also scoring in double figures for the Catamounts (7-9, 4-0, SoCon) was
Preston Ross who tallied 12 points off the bench as the program matched its
best-ever start to league play, duplicating the effort by the 1994-95 squad in
As for the Spartans (3-11, 1-2), losers of six of the last seven outings, they
were paced by Derrell Armstrong who registered a game-high 25 points on 9-
of-20 shooting from the field, followed by Nicholas Paulos with 10 points in
Both teams had trouble shooting the ball from the floor in the first half,
UNCG hitting on just 31.0 percent and the Catamounts 34.6 percent as the
latter claimed a 24-23 advantage at the break.
Western Carolina again had issues from the field over the final 20 minutes of
action, connecting on just 28.6 percent and coming up empty on all six tries
beyond the arc, but still the hosts were in control.
Armstrong made a pair of late 3-pointers for UNCG, cutting the deficit to
61-59 with under five seconds remaining. James Sinclair was then sent to the
free-throw line for the Catamounts and made the first of his two attempts.
Following the miss on the second try, the Spartans had one last chance to tie
the game but a desperation 3-pointer missed the mark at the buzzer.
The Catamounts outscored the visitors 31-13 at the charity stripe.
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