Three-point shooting helps Hunter capture 100th win with Catamounts

Catamounts fans in all white. Photo: Doug Powell

A sea of white watched Western Carolina’s men head basketball coach, Larry Hunter capture his 100th win with the team on Thursday night, 82-76 over the Chattanooga Mocs.

Fans were given free “White-Out” t-shirts to help support the Catamounts and the intensity from the crowd helped to deliver the win.

Brandon Boggs scored 21 and Keaton Cole added 18 (6-of-19 from three) as the Catamounts ended a four-game losing streak.

“We got to stay together and continue to build that faith that we know that we can win no matter how tough a game is. We got to keep on building and grinding and chop wood,” Cole said.

Western Carolina had an unprecedented first half from three-point range, connecting on 12-of-26 attempts. The Catamounts cooled off in the second half, but still managed to make 15 three-pointers on the night, which were a season-high.

“I thought we shot it very well, but they were good shots. I thought we were really moving the ball, hitting the first open man and reversing the ball,” Hunter said.

Tawaski King continued his stellar performance over the last couple games, nearly missing another double-double with eight points and 14 rebounds. Trey Sumler scored 14 points and dished out eight assists. Harouna Mutombo scored 14 points off the bench.

Chattanooga was led by Omar Wattad with 18 points. Keegan Bell and Dontay Hampton both had 13 for the Mocs.

This game marked the third 20-point game of Brandon Boggs’s career. Western Carolina has outscored opponents by an average scoring margin of 19.3 at home.

The Catamounts improve to 10-14 on the season (4-7 SoCon) and will play at home again in the Ramsey center this Saturday against Georgia Southern. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.