Western Carolina (2-4) vs. Florida A&M (0-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 26th, 2:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: South Padre Island Convention Center (2,500) -- South Padre Island, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: WCU 1-0, FAMU 0-1. Away Record: WCU 1-3, FAMU 0-3. Neutral Record: WCU 0-1, FAMU 0-1. Conference Record: WCU 0-0, FAMU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The final day of the South Padre Island Invitational features four games, the first of which pits the Western Carolina Catamounts against the Rattlers of Florida A&M.
Western Carolina is 2-4 to this point in the season, posting wins over Montreat and Presbyterian, and suffering setbacks to South Carolina, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Northern Colorado. The 74-57 loss to the Bears yesterday was particularly painful, as UNC came into the contest searching for its first win.
Florida A&M dropped a 64-61 decision to Southern University on Friday, running its season-opening losing streak to five in a row. The Rattlers have fallen to the likes of Georgia Tech, Stetson, Providence, Rice and Southern, with only yesterday's game against the Jaguars being remotely competitive.
This game marks the first-ever meeting between these two teams on the hardwood.
Brandon Boggs scored a career-high 35 points, including 31 in the second half, but he got very little help as his Catamounts lost to Northern Colorado yesterday by 17 points. Boggs, who hadn't led the team in scoring in any of its previous five outings, shot 12-of-23 from the floor, nailing five three- pointers along the way, but the team as a whole made good on only 32.3 percent of its total shots, and 29.2 percent from beyond the arc. A 43-34 rebounding deficit hurt WCU's cause, as did the fact that UNC claimed a 36-6 edge in points in the paint, and a 22-2 advantage in bench points.
Avery Moore scored 20 points in 20 minutes of action, but it wasn't enough as Florida A&M fell to Southern on Friday by three points. Reggie Lewis added 14 points and Yannick Crowder came off the bench to log a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Rattlers, who shot just 37.5 percent from the field, and missed 11 of their 16 three-point attempts. An 18-8 deficit in points from the foul line had an huge impact on the outcome, as did the fact that Southern drained six of its 11 three-point tries.
Boggs played out his mind on Friday, but there is nothing to indicate he has that kind of effort in him two days in a row. That said, WCU is the better team in this matchup and the Catamounts should have enough in the tank to keep the Rattlers winless on the year.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Carolina 65, Florida A&M 58
11/26 10:39:35 ET