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Western Carolina Holds Off Paladins, 83-75

Adonis Rwabigwi
Adonis Rwabigwi

Cullowhee, N.C. – Trey Sumler and Brandon Boggs combined for 32 second half points as Western Carolina held on to edge Furman, 83-75, in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Monday night at the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C.

With Furman (7-17, 1-10 SoCon) leading 34-33 to begin the second half, Sumler buried three straight treys to ignite a 9-2 Catamount run that gave WCU a 42-36 advantage with 17:30 to play.  Larry Wideman sliced the deficit to 52-48 with 12 minutes to play before Boggs, who had gone scoreless in the first half, netted Western Carolina's next 10 points in a 10-4 spurt to open up a 62-52 lead with 8:53 remaining.

A Boggs' trey with 5:01 left extended the Catamounts' advantage to 73-62, but sophomore Stephen Croone helped Furman mount a late rally.  Wideman opened the 9-0 run with back-to-back jumpers and Croone connected on 5-of-6 free throw attempts to trim the margin to 73-71 with 2:17 to play.

James Sinclair, however, answered for the Catamounts with a three-point play and Western Carolina (14-11, 7-3 SoCon) held Furman to just one field goal over the final 3:51 to hold for an eight-point victory.

Sumler netted 24 points on 10-of-23 shooting to lead five Catamounts in double figures.  Boggs scored 15 points while Tawaski King and Tom Tankelewicz totaled 13 and 10 points, respectively.  Sinclair finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Catamounts shot 55.2% in the second half and netted 22 points off of 15 Furman turnovers on the night.

Croone paced Furman with 27 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and 12-of-18 at the foul line.  Adonis Rwabigwi posted a career night with 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.  Kendrec Ferrara rounded out the Paladins' double digit scorers with 12 points and seven boards.

Coach Niko Medved's club 47.1% from the field and made 25-of-33 free throw attempts.  

Furman is scheduled to return home to host the Elon Phoenix on Wednesday.  Tip-off at Timmons Arena is slated for 7 p.m.

Wednesday's game can be heard live on WGOG FM 96.3, Fox Sports 1440 AM and through StretchAudio at  Fans can access live updates on Twitter by following @FurmanHoops.