CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Trey Sumler scored 17 points, and Western Carolina made 31 of 38 from the free throw line to hold off UNC Greensboro 62-59 in a Southern Conference game on Saturday afternoon.
UNCG was 13 of 22 from the line.
Preston Ross scored 12 points for the Catamounts (7-9, 4-0). The 4-0 start matches Western Carolina's best in conference play in the 1994-95 season. The Catamounts have won three in a row.
Derrell Armstrong scored 25 points, which tied a season high in an 87-80 loss to Rutgers on Nov. 25, to lead the Spartans (3-11, 1-2), and Nicholas Paulos had 10 points. They are 1-10 in the past 11 games against Western Carolina.
Western Carolina took the lead for good at 47-45 on Ross' two foul shots with 3:54 left. The Catamounts led 55-48 on Sumler's free throws at the 1:10 mark.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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.