W. Carolina 95, Mars Hill 68
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP)
Mars Hill stayed close most of the first half, trailing 21-17 at the 8:24 mark, but Western Carolina closed the half with a 27-6 run to put the game away. The Catamounts led 48-23 lead at the break.
The Catamounts shot 60.7 percent (37 of 61) from the field, including 42.9 percent (9 of 21) from 3-point range.
Carter Wright led Mars Hill (0-1) in scoring with 15 points, and Khouraichi Thiam pitched in with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The Lions' shooting was problematic - 31.3 percent (21 of 67) from the floor, 28 percent (7 of 25) from behind the arc.