The Citadel's Matt Van Scyoc scored a career-high 25 points and added 10 rebounds to complete his third career double-double, however it was Western Carolina's well-balanced trio of Tom Tankelewicz (15 points), Trey Sumler (10) and Justin Browning (10) that provided the Catamounts with a 78-60 victory at McAlister Field House on Saturday evening.
Western Carolina (12-10, 4-2 SoCon) led for all but 36 seconds of the contest and used a 19-9 run midway through the first half, highlighted by eight points and two 3-pointers from Tankelewicz, to take control 38-24 as the two teams broke for intermission.
Sumler opened second half scoring with a 3-pointer from the left corner, stretching the lead to 17, before five straight Van Scyoc free throws allowed the Bulldogs (4-18, 0-7) to move within 41-30.
Browning teamed with Mike Brown to score the next seven Catamount points as WCU assumed a 16-point lead with just over 13 minutes remaining.
Van Scyoc was the catalyst to The Citadel offense as he scored five straight to pull the Dogs within 48-37 at the 10:20 mark.
Teammate Ashton Moore got into the scoring act with eight points over the final 6:24 of the game. That allowed Moore to extend his career-long double-digit scoring streak to seven, as he closed with 11 points.
Moore and Van Scyoc combined to score 12 of The Citadel's final 15 points during a 7:22 stretch, but the Catamounts emerged with their fifth straight win in the series and 10th in Charleston since moving to the SoCon.
Tankelewicz capped off his ninth double figure outing of the season by hitting 5-of-9 from the field, 3-of-7 from long distance and knocking down a pair of free throws.
Browning, who notched his career-high in points, finished 5-of-8 from the field and scaled the glass for a team-high seven rebounds.
As a unit the Catamounts managed to hit 30-of-66 (45.5%) from the floor and 11-of-14 (78.6%) at the free throw line. They also edged the Bulldogs in rebounds (43-27) due in large part to 15 offensive boards.
Van Scyoc set his career-high despite hitting 6-of-17 from the floor and 1-of-8 from 3-point range. He took advantage of career-highs in free throws made (12) and attempted (13) to tie Moore for the most points (25) by a Citadel player this season. Van Scyoc completed his double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds (three offensive).
Moore capped off a quiet double figure outing by hitting 3-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-4 at the charity stripe.
Brian White also reached double figures for The Citadel as he scored 11 points behind a 5-of-6 performance at the free throw line. White has eclipsed double digits in each of his last three contests.
The bright spot for The Citadel was free throw shooting where it managed to convert 26-of-33 (78.8%). That marks the seventh time this season that the Cadets have hit better than 75 percent from the line.
Boggs' six points helped Western Carolina establish an 8-5 lead inside the first three minutes. The Citadel rallied behind a pair of jumpers from Marshall and Moore, assuming a one-point advantage, only to see the Catamounts put together a 9-0 run to take a commanding 17-9 lead.
Harris got The Citadel offense back on track with a laser pass to White in transition. That score was followed by four points in the paint that cut the Catamount lead to four, 19-15, with 9:01 remaining.
The Bulldogs end the month of January on the road when they head to Georgia Southern on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. They will then head to Davidson to face the Wildcats on Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.