By Carey Phillips


Mason Faulkner recorded the first triple-double in program history Nov. 12 as Western Carolina’s men’s basketball team rolled past N.C. A&T 90-64 in non-conference action.

A crowd of 1,206 fans at the Ramsey Center saw Faulkner score 13 points to go with 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

Matt Halvorsen scored 17 points for the Catamounts. Onno Steger added 16, and Carlos Dotson had 14.

Ronald Jackson scored 10 points for the Aggies.

A&T’s Andre Jackson hit a three-pointer on the game’s first possession, but that was his team’s only lead.

Western used a 12-2 run, including six by Halvorsen, for a 12-5 advantage at the 16:21 mark.

Xavier Cork’s layup capped an 8-2 spurt upping the margin to 33-17 with 6:36 on the clock.

The lead was 43-31 at halftime.

Halvorsen and Steger both scored five in a 12-2 run putting the Cats on top 70-44 at the 11:53 mark.

The game’s biggest lead was 81-48 after Kameron Gibson’s two foul shots with 7:49 to play.

WCU shot 58.8 percent from the floor, including 62.5 percent in the first half. The Aggies were limited to 41.5 percent.

The Cats dominated the glass 40-26. Webster Filmore led A&T with seven.

Western committed 21 turnovers, and the Aggies had 16.

Completing the WCU scoring were Gibson and Travion McCray with eight apiece, Tyler Harris with six, Malik McCrimmon with three, Cork and Adam Sledd both with two and D.J. Myers with one.