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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ramsey Center (7,826) -- Cullowhee, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: UTC 9-9, WCU 6-5. Away Record: UTC 3-7, WCU 5-11. Neutral Record: UTC 0-0, WCU 1-1. Conference Record: UTC 7-8, WCU 8-8. Series Record: Chattanooga leads 57-22.
GAME NOTES: In a Southern Conference showdown at the Ramsey Center, the Chattanooga Mocs will square off against the Western Carolina on Thursday night.
Chattanooga most recently earned a 72-68 win over Elon. It was the third win in the last four games for the Mocs who will begin their two-game road swing to end the season with Appalachian State after this matchup.
Western Carolina is fresh off an 80-70 win over Coastal Carolina. The win ended a two-game slump for the Catamounts and leaves them 1-1 in their current four-game homestand to close out this regular season.
The Mocs lead the all-time series 57-22 but it was the Catamounts who came out victorious earlier this season, 90-81. For the past six seasons the squads have split the regular season matchups, but the Catamounts have not lost to UTC at the Ramsey Center since February of 2007, winning the last five meetings at home.
Gee McGhee scored 24 points with eight rebounds to lead Chattanooga over the Phoenix. Drazen Zlovaric and Z. Mason added 10 points each, while the squad shot over 50.0 percent from the floor and earned 20 points at the free-throw line.
Mason is the Mocs' top scorer this season with 14.3 ppg to go with 7.3 rpg, all while shooting 47.2 percent from the floor. McGhee adds 12.4 ppg and is the only other UTC player averaging in double figures. The Mocs have solid depth with no one averaging over 30.0 mpg. Defensively is where UTC struggles, allowing 71.2 ppg on nearly 45.0 percent shooting from the field.
Brandon Boggs tallied 26 points in 27 minutes off the bench for WCU in the win over the Chanticleers. James Sinclair added 17 points, hitting on 4-of-5 attempts from 3-point range. Despite going just 2-of-9 from the field, Trey Sumler managed 12 points, but was guilty of seven turnovers.
It was a poor performance from Sumler, who leads the team in scoring with 18.1 ppg, upping that to 19.6 ppg in conference play. He is joined in double-figure scoring by Tawaski King, Boggs, and Tom Tankelewicz. King scores 11.2 ppg with a team-high 6.1 rpg. Boggs nets 10.5 ppg and Tankelewicz contributes 10.1 ppg. The Catamounts are tough on the offensive end, where they score nearly 70.0 ppg.
After the game against Coastal Carolina, Sumler will be looking to bounce back with a strong performance in front of the home crowd. Chattanooga has struggled away from home, earning just three wins in 10 games. The Catamounts should be able to take the win in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Carolina 70, Chattanooga 66
02/28 10:35:27 ET