GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Trey Sumler scored 24 points and Tom Tankelewicz made five 3-pointers on his way to 17 points as Western Carolina beat Furman 79-65 Wednesday in the Southern Conference opener for both teams.
Sumler, who entered the game averaging 18 points, was 7-of-15 shooting, dished out seven assists and grabbed seven boards for the Catamounts (3-4), who won the rebounding battle 40-32.
Furman led majority of the first half until Sumler's jumper game Western Carolina its first lead of the game, 20-18, with 3:45 left. The Catamounts closed the half on a 7-3 run to take a 27-21 lead into the break.
The Paladins (2-4) cut the deficit to 37-36 after intermission, but the Catamounts used another run, this time 22-8, to pull away. Western Carolina led by as much as 15, 59-44, in the second half.
Colin Reddick led Furman with 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.