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.
Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and other crimes after being found in possession of guns and marijuana.
Point guard Jaylen Fisher, who reopened his recruitment after coaching changes at UNLV, has committed to TCU over a long list of schools.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.