Friday, November 28, 2014

Basketball: WCU at Charleston Southern (Game #7)

Game Day: Monday
Date: December 1, 2014
Location: CSU Field House (Buc Dome - seats 790)
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV / Video:  Big South Network
Radio: Catamount Sports Network

On December 1st, the Cats travel to North Charleston to play the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. This will be the 15th meeting between the two teams, and the Catamounts hold a 10-4 all time record with CSU, but are 2-3 in games played in North Charleston.  Western brings a 6 game winning streak with CSU into the contest.  The two teams last met in 2013 in Cullowhee, and the Cats won the contest, 92-84.

The Bucs return five seniors, to a team that finished the 2013-14 season with a 16-18 overall record and went 6-10 in the Big South. Seniors Cedrick Bowen, Paul Gombwer, Arlon Harper and Saah Nimley have combined to play in 357 of a possible 376 games, while totaling 228 starts  Nimley and Harper became the third pair of Big South teammates to reach the 1,000-point mark as juniors last season. The 2014-15 Bucs were selected to finish 5th in the 11 team Big South Conference, with Saah Nimley and Arlon Harper selected for the BSC Preseason All-Conference Teams.

Head coach Barclay Radebaugh, in his 10th season at CCU, and brings in his team with a 3-2 overall record this season with at least one impressive win.  The Bucs knocked off Ole Miss, 66-65 in overtime to open the season, and have wins against Erskine and Central Arkansas, dropping one games to Wright State and Florida State. The Bucs currently have four players averaging double figure scoring, Saah Nimley with 16.7 ppg, Will Saunders with 14.3 ppg, Atlon Harper with 13.7 ppg, and Cedrick Bowen with 10.3 ppg.

CCU Projected Starters
Saah Nimley - Senior guard, 5'8" 158 lbs - 10.3 ppg
Arlon Harper - Senior guard,  6'2"  180 lbs - 15.7 ppg
Aaron Wheeler - Junior forward,  6'4" 190 lbs - 9.3 ppg
Paul Gombwer - Senior forward,   6'6" 217 lbs - 5.3 ppg
Cedrick Bowen - Senior forward,  6'5" 232 lbs - 9.7 ppg

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