SoRaspy: 102-point blowout in college hoops
A blowout basketball game is usually over by halftime. Western Carolina’s beatdown of Toccoa Falls (Ga.) on Tuesday was over in the opening minutes.
After scoring the first 18 points of the game, the Catamounts ran away with a 141-39 win over Toccoa Falls for a 102-point margin of victory.
It is only the fourth time in history a Division I basketball team has beaten an opponent by 100 points or more and only the second time in the modern era.
Trey Sumler led nine Western Carolina players in double figures with 18 points in just 18 minutes played. Only one Catamounts player, reserve James Sinclair, played over 20 minutes in the game.
The last time a D-I school won by over a C-note was in 1997 when LIU – led by native New Yorkers Charles Jones and Richie Parker – trounced Division III Medgar Evers 179-62, a tidy 117-point win. Jones scored 53 points in 30 minutes in that game.
The only other recorded occurrences of 100-point victories were in 1916 (Texas 102, San Marcos Baptist 1) and 1911 (Purdue 112, Indiana State 6).
With no player on Toccoa Falls taller than 6-foot-5, the Catamounts shot 51 for 88 (60.5 percent) from the floor. The Eagles made just 15 field goals in 53 attempts. They were also out-rebounded 62-16. Josh Barrett’s 17 points were a team-high.
Western Carolina is 9-10 overall and 3-3 in Southern Conference play.
Toccoa Falls, a Division II school that competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association, fell to 3-6 overall.