W. Carolina 79, Samford 77

Keaton Cole scored a career-high 28 points, hitting nine of

Western Carolina’s 17 3-pointers, as the Catamounts held off

Samford 79-77 Thursday night to win their third straight game and

sweep the season series.

Western Carolina (13-17, 7-10 Southern Conference), which came

in averaging 6.96 treys a game, matched its school record for made

3-pointers while attempting 33 from long range.

The Catamounts led by 14, at 60-46 with 12:33 to go, but the

Bulldogs (11-17, 8-9) chipped away, tying the game for the first

time at 73 with 1:27 left.

Western Carolina then hit 6 of 6 free throws down the stretch.

Samford’s Raijon Kelly made a free throw to get within two, then

deliberately missed his second shot, but Trey Sumler grabbed the

rebound to deny the Bulldogs another shot.

With 100 3-pointers, Cole now has the Catamounts’ single-season


Drew Windler’s career-high 27 points paced Samford.