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Along with Kuhlman and Brooks, Cochran, Mann and Jake Cohen also scored in double digits as the Wildcats put the final touches on a dominating season in the Southern Conference, where they finished 14-2 and earned the tournament's No. 1 seed.
Western Carolina went 8-10 in the conference during the season and needed three victories in three days just to reach the finals.
But behind a partisan crowd, the Catamounts kept pressing on looking to become the first Southern Conference team to win four games in four days. Mutombo scored 10 of his team's first 15 points as Western Carolina bolted to a 30-18 lead.
However, Kuhlman got hot and the Wildcats came storming back, closing the first half on a 16-3 run to take a 36-35 lead into the locker room.
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