Western Carolina defeats Chattanooga 78-70

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CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP)—Jake Robinson scored all 18 of his points in the second half and Keaton Cole scored 15 of his 16 in the first half as Western Carolina defeated Chattanooga 78-70 on Saturday in the teams’ regular-season finale.

The Catamounts (21-10, 11-7 Southern Conference) have a bye into the conference tournament quarterfinals on March 6, while the Mocs (14-17, 6-12) will play a first-round game March 5.

A 3-pointer by Cole capped a 15-0 run by Western Carolina to open the game, but Chattanooga closed to within 35-26 at halftime.

The Mocs trailed by just three, 50-47, after a layup by Keegan Bell with 11:31 remaining, but two free throws by Kendall Russell and a 3-pointer by Robinson restored an eight-point margin, 55-47.

Brigham Waginger added 15 points and four assists for the Catamounts.

Ricky Taylor scored 13 points to lead the Mocs, and Bell had 12 points.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Chattanooga
Keegan Bell Keegan Bell
4-6,  12 Pts
1 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Western Carolina
Brigham Waginger Brigham Waginger
6-12,  15 Pts
4 Rebs, 4 Assists

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