WCU’s Larry Hunter Posts 600th Career Victory on Tuesday Night
CULLOWHEE — Western Carolina head men’s basketball coach Larry Hunter reached a coaching milestone on Tuesday night as the Catamounts routed Montreat College, 109-63, in the Ramsey Center. Hunter, who is amidst his 41st season on the job and 32nd as a head, notched his 600th career victory as a NCAA men’s basketball head coach.
According to available research, Hunter (600-325, .649) becomes the 61st NCAA men’s basketball coach all-time at all levels and 38th at the NCAA Division I level including the 12th active coach to reach the 600-win plateau. Hunter joins the likes of all-time wins leader — Mike Krzyzewski; Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, Bob Huggins, Roy Williams, Jerry Slocum, Bo Ryan, Cliff Ellis, Mike Montgomery, Rick Byrd and Rick Pitino among the active coaches with 600 victories.
A combined 91 of his 600 career victories have come in Cullowhee after taking over a Catamount program which had suffered five-consecutive losing seasons including three with single-digit win totals.
Hunter already ranks third in WCU’s record books for career wins by a head coach, behind only Steve Cottrell (145 from 1977-1987) and all-time leader, Jim Gudger who recorded 311 victories from 1950 until 1969.
Western Carolina squads under Hunter’s tutelage have re-written the school’s record books in several categories including surpassing the 3-pointers made in a season benchmark in four of his first six years. The 2009-10 Catamounts set the bar high with 274 made treys that season, headlined by former sharp-shooter Jake Robinson (Pisgah) eclipsing current assistant coach Anquell McCollum’s record for individual career 3-pointers.
Hunter has recruited and coached two SoCon Freshmen of the Year during his tenure on the Catamount bench. Redshirt senior Harouna Mutombo garnered the honor in 2008-09 marking the first for a WCU squad since Jarvis Hayes in 2000, with redshirt sophomore Trey Sumler following suit a season ago. And six different Catamounts have earned All-SoCon honors under Hunter with two – Brigham Waginger in 2009-10 and Richie Gordon in 2010-11 – earning the league’s top defensive player honors.
Western Carolina continues its 2011-12 season on Thursday night as it travels to Clinton, S.C., to face Presbyterian in nonconference action.
UNCA roars past Mars Hill for first win at Kimmel Arena
ASHEVILLE — UNC Asheville placed seven players in double figures and set a school record for assists as the Bulldogs won their first game of the year with an easy 126-75 victory over Mars Hill Wednesday night at Kimmel Arena.
The second half was more of the same except Mars Hill was able to get some offense going. Harris scored 14 points in the second half, while freshman guard Corey Greene scored all 10 of his points.
For UNC Asheville, redshirt junior guard Madison Davis (Tuscola) scored one point.
The Bulldogs finished with a 55-35 rebounding advantage and out-scored the visitors in the paint overall, 80-25. Asheville’s bench contributed 76 points. The Bulldogs had 16 steals in the game with Primm and Dickey getting four each.
UNC Asheville is at home Monday night at 7 p.m. when the Bulldogs host Brevard College at Kimmel Arena.
Lenoir-Rhyne starts season 1-2
Gaffney, S.C. — The Queens Men’s basketball team (1-0) opened the season with a 69-61 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (0-1) Friday evening in the 2011 Conference Carolinas/SAC Challenge at the Timken Center.
The Royals’ Brent Evans led all scorers with 25 points while Daniel Bailey added 17 points and 10 rebounds as Queens prevailed in the first regular season contest of the year.
L-R sophomore forward Allan Jones finished with a team-high 16 points while freshman guard Denzel Dillingham added 15 points and sophomore guard R.J. McClure (Pisgah), who shot just 31 percent (5-for-16) from behind the three-point line, finished with 10 points in the losing effort.
McClure was held scoreless the next day in Limestone’s 70-66 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (0-2) Saturday on the final day of the 2011 Conference Carolinas/South Atlantic Conference Challenge at the Timken Center.
However, McClure contributed five points in the Bears’ (1-2) first victory of the season, 79-63, over St. Andrews (0-3), Wednesday night at Harris Court.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Mount Olive in its home opener at 7 p.m. Monday.
WCU Catamounts beat visiting Charleston Southern
CULLOWHEE — Four players scored in double figures as Western Carolina women’s basketball (2-0) team won its home opener, 69-65, over Charleston Southern (2-1) Monday in the Ramsey Center.
Sophomore forward Alex Abraham and senior forward Caitlin Hollifieldled the Catamounts with 14 points a-piece.
WCU also benefited from near scorching shooting from the field with a 59.5 field goal percentage. WCU was also 22-of-28 from the charity stripe for 78.6 percent.
For Charleston Southern, sophomore guard Kirklin Kirkpatrick (Tuscola) scored three points for Charleston Southern.
CSU returns to action at 6 p.m. Saturday night hosting Voorhees College.
Mars Hill’s Day, Elder shine in loss to L-R Bears
MARS HILL — The Mars Hill swimming teams lost a dual meet to the visiting Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Saturday afternoon (Nov. 5) at Harrell Pool.
The men lost to the Bears by a score of 135-125 and the women fell to L-R, 139-117. The men’s meet was very close and the winner was decided in the last race of the event.
Leading the way for the MHC women was sophomore Nicole Day (Tuscola), who finished first in the 50 free, 100 and 200 backstroke. Junior Audley Elder (Tuscola) finished first in the 100 and 200 breast and was a on the winning 200 medley relay team.
The next meet for the Lions is in Charlotte on Nov. 19-20 at the Wingate University Fall Frenzy. The meet will be held at the Mecklenburg Aquatic center.
Oslund leads undefeated Towson into Terp Cup
TOWSON, Md. — After the team’s final dual meet of 2011 last weekend at George Washington, the Tigers (5-0, 3-0 CAA) travel to the University of Maryland for the Terp Cup today.
In Towson’s 203-59 victory over the Colonials Nov. 12, senior Cari Czarnecki continued her strong season with three more individual victories. She won the 100 and 200-yard butterfly events, while capturing first place in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:09.38. For her efforts against George Washington, Czarnecki was awarded Co-Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 15.
Freshman Victoria Oslund (Tuscola) recorded a victory in the 200-yard freestyle, while helping Towson to a win in the 200-yard medley relay.
Following the Terp Cup, Towson will not compete in another meet until Jan. 7, 2012 when the team hosts Maryland at Burdick Pool.