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Western Carolina Shuts Down Paladins, 65-41

Western Carolina Shuts Down Paladins, 65-41

Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina held Furman to its lowest points total in 10 years as the Catamounts cruised past Furman 65-41 in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Thursday evening at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

The loss snapped Furman's four-game winning streak as the Paladins (15-6, 7-3 SoCon) dropped their fifth straight game against the Catamounts (9-12, 5-4) and fifth straight in Cullowhee.  Furman's 41 points was its fewest since scoring just 37 in a 61-37 loss at College of Charleston on February 10, 2001.

The Catamounts limited Furman to 6-of-24 shooting in the first half and raced out to a 33-12 advantage before carrying a 34-16 lead into the break.  Early in the second period, Western Carolina fashioned a 12-1 run to open up a 50-23 advantage and Furman failed to claw within 20 points the rest of the night.

Richie Gordon and Mike Williams led WCU with 12 points apiece while Trey Sumler added 11 points and eight rebounds.  The Catamounts shot 48.1% from the floor and outrebounded the Paladins 43-37.

Amu Saaka paced Furman with seven points while Charlie Reddick matched a career high with six points.  The Paladins shot a season-low 26.8% and made only 2-of-21 from three-point range.

Furman returns home on Saturday afternoon when it hosts the Appalachian State Mountaineers in a 4 p.m. contest at Timmons Arena.

Paladin fans can follow all of the action versus Appalachian with the "Voice of the Paladins" Chuck Hussion and color commentator Ron Smith on the Furman Sports Network at WGOG-FM 96.3 and WOLT-FM 103.3.  Furman basketball can also be heard through Stretch Audio at