Men’s basketball welcomes Bowling Green to open 2021-22 season


CULLOWHEE, North Carolina – West Carolina officially begins on Justin gray era Tuesday night as the Catamounts host Bowling Green at Ingles Court at the Ramsey Center for the 2021-22 season opener at 7:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Admission to play between the Catamounts and the Falcons is $ 11 for adults and $ 6 for youth 12 and under. Children 2 and under enter for free. WCU students are granted free entry to the game by showing their Cat card at the northwest entrance and are encouraged to sit in the Cat Cage student section located in the QR sections. Fans are encouraged to review WCU’s Clear Bag policy and parking cards located in the right column.

The game will air on ESPN + (paid subscription required) with live audio coverage on Catamount Sports Network from 7 p.m. Free live stats will also be available through a link on

Tuesday’s game marks WCU head coach’s regular season debut Justin gray, who became the 19th head coach in program history in April after Mark Prosser left for Winthrop. Gray, who enjoyed a very successful playing career at Wake Forest and spent a dozen years playing professionally at the international level, assisted Winthrop to the Big South Conference 2020-21 title as well as an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Gray selected longtime college basketball coach Jayson gee as associate head coach and table Brian Graves and Zack Freeman as assistant coaches to complete his inaugural team at Cullowhee.

WCU claimed a 106-62 victory over Campbellsville Harrodsburg in a home show contest on November 1. Cam Bacote led five double-digit Catamounts with 18 points while Marlow Gilmore had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Bowling Green makes the trip to Cullowhee after being picked to finish sixth in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and is led by preseason All-MAC selection Daeqwon Plowden. Plowden, an All-MAC third-team selection last year, was fourth in the league in total rebounds and sixth in blocks per game. The Falcons posted a 14-12 record in 2020-21 and advanced to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) quarter-finals, but welcome six new players for the 2021-22 campaign. Head coach Michael Huger is in his seventh season as head coach of his alma mater.

The Catamounts and Falcons have met three times before, with WCU holding a 2-1 lead in the all-time series. WCU had site neutral victories in 2005 and 2007, but lost 73-52 in the last meeting hosted by Bowling Green on December 21, 2018. No current Catamount entered this contest.

The Catamounts hit the road this weekend, heading to Wake Forest on Friday (Nov. 12) for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff before heading to East Carolina for a contest on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Season tickets for men’s and women’s basketball are on sale now. Catch all the Catamount basketball action with the All-Hoops season ticket starting at just $ 101. Men’s season tickets are just $ 81 and youth season tickets start at just $ 36. A special rate for WCU faculty and staff is available for only $ 66. To purchase or renew your season tickets, visit or call the WCU Athletic Box Office at (828) 227-2401.

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