Game of the season

WCU senior forward Josh Mendenhall draining a first half shot against Davidson. Photo by: Ryan Keys

Western Carolina’s biggest game of the year for the men’s basketball team is home on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m.

Western and Appalachian State, both members of the Southern Conference, will be playing in their rivalry game. Last season there was a split win for both teams, winning the home game and losing on their home turf.

“You can throw the records out the window. It’s going to be a good, competitive game,” said head coach Larry Hunter in a phone interview.

Trey Sumier will be starting, leading in most points scored for 11 out of 23 games. He is expected to keep his records throughout this game.

There has been a 9-day break since the players have last played, and for coach Hunter, this is a good way to get the audience excited.

The team is at their halfway mark in the conference season at 5-3.

There are two back-to-back games, Saturday game with App and Monday with Furman. This will begin the stretch into the conference race.

“It is a big game for the students and the locals to come support and watch,” said Hunter.