Western Carolina (11-10) at The Citadel (4-17)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 25, 7:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McAlister Field House (6,000) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Western Carolina 8-1, The Citadel 4- 5. Away Record: Western Carolina 2-8, The Citadel 0-10. Neutral Record: Western Carolina 1-1, The Citadel 0-2. Conference Record: Western Carolina 4-2, The Citadel 0-6. Series Record: The Citadel leads, 34-30.
GAME NOTES: The Citadel Bulldogs still remain winless in Southern Conference play, and things don't get much easier Saturday with a visit from the Western Carolina Catamounts.
The Bulldogs saw their losing streak reach nine in a row Thursday in an 80-67 defeat at the hands of Appalachian State. Still the only team in the conference without a league victory, the Citadel was paced by Matt Van Scyoc with a game-high 24 points, although he shot just 2-of-9 behind the 3-point line. Ashton Moore pitched in with 18 points and six assists, followed by Quinton Marshall and Brian White with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Defense has been the main culprit behind the Bulldogs' 4-17 record so far s opponents are averaging a healthy 75.8 ppg. Appalachian State shot 55.7 percent from the field on Thursday and only committed seven turnovers.
On the offensive end, Van Scyoc leads the way with 15.4 ppg to go along with 5.5 rpg, followed by White (13.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Moore (12.4 ppg). While White headlines the action down low, Van Scyoc and Moore have combined to shoot 39.4 percent from the perimeter (89-of-226).
WCU is headlined by the backcourt trio of Trey Sumler (18.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.3 apg), James Sinclair (10.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and Brandon Boggs (10.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg). Sumler does a little bit of everything, as he has the ability to set up teammates with open looks, help out on the glass, and shoot the three (42.3 percent). However, the Catamounts had a rough outing against Davidson on Thursday night as they allowed the Wildcats to shoot 57.1 percent from the field.
Sumler again led the way with 16 points but needed 17 shots to do it. Sinclair and Boggs supplied 15 and 14 points, respectively, and the Catamounts couldn't take advantage of 22 Davidson turnovers.
Western Carolina closed the gap to 74-72 with 1:10 left in the game, but the Wildcats held on by going a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final minute.
Even though they are 9-21 all-time in Charleston, Saturday's meeting should be much easier for the Catamounts, as they face a Bulldogs squad that has not defeated another Division I foe since Nov. 12.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Carolina 80, The Citadel 70
01/25 10:27:21 ET