CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Elijah Pughsley made three 3-pointers and had a season-high 18 points on Thursday night to help Western Carolina beat Warren Wilson 96-45.
The Catamounts (3-4) never trailed, opening with a 25-12 run, leading 44-22 at half and reaching their largest lead at the final score.
Marc Gosselin led Western Carolina with 11 rebounds. The Catamounts outrebounded the Owls 57-26, limiting Warren Wilson to just three offensive boards.
Steven Horton, Jr. had 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting to lead Warren Wilson, but the Owls couldn't overcome shooting 13 of 50 from the floor and 2 of 26 from 3-point range.
Western Carolina extended its record against non-Division I opponents under head coach Larry Hunter to 23-0. Warren Wilson is a member of the United State Collegiate Athletic Association.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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.