By Carey Phillips
Western Carolina’s shooting turned stone cold midway through the second half allowing UNC-Greensboro to take a 72-58 Southern Conference men’s basketball victory Jan. 29 before 1,860 fans at the Ramsey Center.
The Catamounts were held to one field goal and four points in the final 10 minutes. They shot just 26.1 percent from the floor, 15.4 percent from three-point range and 44.4 percent from the foul line in the second half.
Isaiah Miller scored 23 points for the Spartans, and Kyrin Galloway had 15.
Carlos Dotson recorded a double-double for Western with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
WCU led 52-41 with 13:47 left in the game after a 12-2 run, including a pair of three-pointers by Matt Halvorsen. Xavier Cork scored the last four points of the spurt and punctuated it with a dunk.
Western managed just one field goal, a three-pointer, and three foul shots the rest of the way.
Galloway and Malik Massey both scored five in a 14-1 spurt as UNC-G took a 59-55 lead with 6:09 on the clock.
The Spartans ended the game on an 11-1 run, with Miller scoring nine.
WCU led most of the first half. The largest margin was 11-4 on Mason Faulkner’s jumper at the 15:48 mark.
Angelo Allegri’s basket put UNC-G ahead for the first time, 22-21, with 8:38 on the clock.
Western led 40-39 at halftime after Travion McCray’s foul shot with 28 seconds left.
WCU finished the game shooting 40.8 percent from the floor, almost identical to UNC-G’s 40.3 percent.
Led by James Dickey with 12, the Spartans had a 40-36 edge in rebounds.
The Cats were hurt by seven turnovers, and UNC-G had seven.
Completing the WCU scoring were Halvorsen with nine, Cork and Onno Steger with eight apiece, McCray with seven, Tyler Harris with six and Faulkner with five.