CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- — Cory Hightower had 16 points to lead five Western Carolina players in double figures as the Catamounts easily defeated Mercer 85-61 on Saturday. Xavier Cork and Matt Halvorsen added 14 points apiece for the Catamounts. Kameron Gibson chipped in 13 points, and Mason Faulkner had 12. Cork also had 10 rebounds.
Western Carolina (11-15, 4-13 Southern Conference) posted a season-high 23 assists.
Ross Cummings, the Bears’ leading scorer coming into the contest at 15 points per game, scored three points. He made 20% from 3-point range (1 of 5).
The Catamounts leveled the season series against the Bears. Mercer defeated Western Carolina 78-76 on Jan. 16.
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