Oleksiak leads UNC Greensboro past Western Carolina
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP)—Kevin Oleksiak scored 19 points and UNC Greensboro pulled away in the second half for a 74-62 win over Western Carolina on Thursday.
Kyle Hines and Mikko Koivisto added 13 points apiece and Ben Stywall had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans (15-11, 9-8 Southern Conference), who bounced back from a loss at league-leader Davidson two days earlier.
Jake Robinson scored 16 points and Arnold Gore added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Catamounts (8-18, 4-12), who failed to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
UNC Greensboro broke a halftime tie and led 54-49 when Oleksiak hit a jumper and Koivisto followed with one of his four 3-pointers to make it a 10-point game with 6:23 left.
Western Carolina, which shot 41 percent, never recovered as UNC Greensboro won for only the second time in seven games.