CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves struggled to find an offensive rhythm on Monday evening at The Coliseum, as the Wolves fell 74-51 to the Delta State Statesmen in Gulf South Conference play.
The two teams came into the night with identical 4-1 records, and the Statesmen hit 45 percent from the floor while the Wolves shot a season-low 30 percent in the game. Freshman guard Michael Zabetakis scored seven of West Georgia’s first ten points on the night, but both defenses came out to play early in the contest as by the midway point of the opening half Delta State led 14-10.
Delta State then went on a brief 7-2 run that made it a 21-12 by the under-eight media timeout. The Statesmen stretched it to as much as 12 over the final eight minutes of the half and took an 11-point lead into the locker room at 34-23.
Out of the break, Delta State opened with a 12-0 run, extending the lead to 46-25 at the 16:44 mark of the second half and the Statesmen never looked back, as the Wolves were outscored 40-28 in the second half.
Zabetakis led the Wolves with 15 points in the game while junior Gerald Blount was the only other player in double-figures, scoring 10 in the contest. Marquill Smith's 13-game streak was snapped in the loss, as the senior had scored 20 points in every game thus far this season. The Statesmen limited Smith to 1-of-11 shooting in the game, while freshman Jared Simmons was 1-for-7 from the floor.
West Georgia falls to 9-5 on the year and 4-2 in Gulf South Conference play while Delta State moves to 9-4 and 5-1 against league opponents. The Wolves will be back in action on Thursday, taking on the Lee Flames on the road.