Binghamton (1-3) at Western Carolina (2-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 24th, 7:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center (7,826) -- Cullowhee, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Binghamton 1-0, WCU 2-0. Away Record: Binghamton 0-2, WCU 0-1. Neutral Record: Binghamton 0-1, WCU 0-0. Conference Record: Binghamton 0-0, WCU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Binghamton Bearcats try to snap a three-game slide tonight as they contend against the Western Carolina Catamounts as part of the Cullowhee Subregional of the CBE Classic at the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center.
Since opening the season with a 54-49 win over Bloomsburg, the Bearcats have fallen in three straight decisions. The most recent of those came barely 24 hours ago when they bowed to Duquesne in this event by a score of 70-52.
As for the Catamounts, the group that is hosting this portion of the tournament, they logged their second win in three tries in 2009-10 last night with a 70-44 rout of Arkansas-Monticello. Despite being 2-1 thus far, WCU has yet to defeat a Division I team.
This game represents the first-ever meeting between these two programs on the hardwood. Both schools will be back in action tomorrow, with Binghamton facing Arkansas-Monticello and WCU colliding with Duquesne.
The Bearcats shot a mere 35.8 percent from the field and an awful 5-of-20 behind the three-point line on Monday as they tried to keep up with Duquesne in the most recent round of this tournament. Moussa Camara scored a team-best 16 points, followed by Greer Wright and Dylan Talley who tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively, for a squad that committed 19 turnovers. After four games, this team is netting a woeful 48 ppg and sports just a single double- digit scorer in Camara with his 11.8 ppg. However, Camara is shooting only 29.2 percent from three-point range and 39.5 percent from the floor overall at this point. What's worse is that he has just a single assist and nine turnovers, which means once the ball gets into his hands he either lets loose with a shot or tends to fumble it away. As a team, the Bearcats are hitting a mere 37.2 percent from the floor and 25 percent out on the perimeter.
Western Carolina ran out to a 14-2 start in its meeting with the Boll Weevils on Monday and never concerned itself with the opposition from that point forward, limiting Arkansas-Monticello to just 16 total field goals and forcing the visitors into 24 turnovers. Harouna Mutombo was the top scorer in the game with his 17 points in 24 minutes, followed by Mike Williams off the bench with 12 points, while Brandon Giles chipped in 10. Because the opponent was so weak, it didn't matter that the Catamounts made only 6-of-15 at the free-throw line and turned the ball over 15 times. Mutombo, the leading scorer in the last two games for the program, is currently the only double-digit scorer on the roster with his 11.7 ppg, stemming from 43.2 percent shooting from the field. The big man is also first on the glass with six per game. However, his 1-of-4 showing at the charity stripe is indicative of a larger problem for this entire group because, as a unit, WCU has managed to convert an ugly 44.4 percent at the line, which is why the Catamounts are posting just 58.7 ppg.
If the Catamounts ever figure out their issues at the free-throw line they might be a tough team to beat in the Southern Conference, but for now they'll have to settle for beating up on the Bearcats tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Carolina 67, Binghamton 48
11/24 10:41:50 ET