Cats fall at home to High Point

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The Western Carolina men’s basketball team suffered its worst 3-point shooting performance of the season Tuesday night as the Panthers of High Point University took a 72-61 victory inside the Ramsey Center. WCU shot just 17.2 percent (5-29) from 3-point range in the game while the Panthers knocked down 50 percent (5-10) of their shots from beyond the arch.

The Catamounts opened the game with a 3-pointer but it would be a struggle from the offensive end the entire night as WCU’s defense kept the game within reach for most of the game. The Catamounts hit just 10 of their 30 shots in the opening half including 2-of-11 from 3-point range. The second half would not be much different as WCU was 12-of-38 from the field including 3-of-18 from 3-point range.

The Panthers knocked down 51.9 percent of their shots in the opening half including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. High Point came back to the Catamounts a little in the second half as its percentage dropped to just 41.7 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from three.

Junior Mike Amius led the Catamount attack with 13 points and eight rebounds while senior Deriece Parks added 12 points and three assists. Freshman Matt Halvorsen was the final Catamount in double-figures with 10 points.

Senior Devin Peterson dished out a team-high four assists while scoring six points in the game.

The Panthers were led by Jahaad Proctor and Andre Fox who each scored 16 points in the win. Fox added eight rebounds while Proctor had six. Two others scored in double-figures with all but one of the 10 players who saw the floor scoring at least two points in the game.

WCU will now have an 11-day layoff for the holidays before getting into Southern Conference action Dec. 30 at The Citadel. The Catamounts and Bulldogs will tip-off at 1 pm in Charleston.

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