CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Harouna Mutombo scored 17 points and Western Carolina defeated Elon 74-67 on Saturday night.
The Catamounts (8-5, 3-0 Southern Conference) won their third straight game, while the Phoenix (4-8, 1-3) lost their fourth in a row.
Western Carolina shot 50 percent from the floor (28 of 56), but only 51.9 percent from the free-throw line (14 of 27).
Elon led by as many as five points in the first half. Brigham Waginger hit a 3-pointer to give Western Carolina a 38-35 halftime lead, then the Catamounts built a nine-point advantage early in the second half.
The Phoenix trimmed the margin to 49-44 with 12:25 left, but never got closer.