Trey Sumler

Trey Sumler

Sumler hits two clutch free throws in WCU's upset victory

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ASHEVILLE – Nash Central graduate Trey Sumler scored 25 points and made the game-winning free throws in the final 30 seconds as fifth-seeded Western Carolina upset top-seeded Davidson, 99-97, in overtime of the Southern Conference Tournament semifinals on 

Western Carolina came back from a 15-point deficit and snapped Davidson’s 13-game winning streak.

Western Carolina took a 70-66 lead, its largest of the day. But Jake Belford scored seven straight points for Davidson to regain the lead at 73-70.

Later, De’Mon Brooks knotted it at 86 for Davidson and neither team scored in the final minute of regulation.

James Sinclair’s 3-pointer opened the overtime session and his second broke a tie at 92. Brooks made one of two from the line with 30 seconds remaining for 97-all.

Sumler made two free throws on the next possession.

James Sinclair had 26 points for Western Carolina (19-14) and Chris Czerapowicz had 22 for two-time defending conference tournament champion Davidson (20-12).

The Catamounts move on to tonight’s championship game. The game will be televised nationally at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.