Sunday, March 9, 2014

Catamounts get their revenge

Western Carolina redshirt senior Trey Sumler sank a pair of free-throws with three seconds on the clock in overtime as the Catamounts stunned the number one seed Davidson Wildcats by a final score of 99-97 in the Southern Conference Tournament semifinals.

James Sinclair scored a game-high 26 points,  Brandon Boggs added 21 in the victory. Sumler put up 25 points and seven assists as the Catamounts advance to Monday's title game in the U.S. Cellular Center.

The Wildcats shot 58% from the floor, including 5-of-11 from three-point range in the first half to take a 44-34 lead at halftime. Davidson extended their lead to 15 point early lead in the second half, before Western Carolina put on a 28-12 run, putting the Cats ahead 66-65. The remainder of the game was tightly contested, ending in a 86-86 tie in regulation.

With the game tied at 97-97 in the final seconds of overtime, Sumler was fouled by Jack Gibbs. After Sumler sank the two free-throws, and with only 3 seconds remaining, Davidson did not have time to extend the game.

The Catamounts wanted this match-up since the start of the tournament, to avenge the double overtime loss to the Wildcats in the SoCon tournament years ago.   Purple & Gold congratulates the Catamounts on this tremendous victory.

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