By Carey Phillips
Western Carolina outscored Bowling Green 11-3 in overtime to open the men’s basketball season with a 79-71 win over Bowling Green on Nov. 9 before 1,862 fans at the Ramsey Center.
Nick Robinson (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Joe Petrakis (14 points, 11 rebounds) both had double-doubles for the Catamounts, helping make a winner of Justin Gray in his first game as coach. Cameron Bacote added 12 points, and Tyler Harris had 11.
Daeqwon Plowden paced the Falcons with 18 points and 13 boards. Joe Reece had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Myron Gordon also scored 10 points.
Robinson’s three-pointer opened the OT scoring and put WCU ahead to stay, 71-68, at the 4:32 mark. He hit another trey for a 74-69 margin with 2:40 on the clock.
The Cats forced overtime on Bacote’s basket as time expired in regulation for a 68-68 tie.
Marlow Gilmore scored five points as Western opened the game on a 12-1 run a little more than five and a half minutes into the contest.
BGU cut the gap to 19-17 on Kaden Metheny’s three-pointer at the 8:55 mark.
The Cats built the margin to 35-25 after Harris’ trey with 1:27 on the clock, and they were up 37-29 at halftime.
Gabe O’Neal’s layup capped a 12-3 spurt, including four by Reece, as the Falcons took their first lead, 43-42, with 12:47 left in the game.
Gordon’s three-pointer extended the margin to 56-51 with 5:34 on the clock.
Neither team shot well with WCU making 37.1 percent of its field goal tries and BGU hitting 33.8 percent. The Falcons made just five of 34 three-pointers.
Rebounds were virtually even with the Cats having a 35-34 edge.
Western committed 18 turnovers to BGU’s 16.
Completing the WCU scoring were Gilmore, Vonterius Woolbright and Madison Monroe, all with seven, and Price with six.