CARROLLTON, Ga. - Marquill Smith returned from an injury on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Tenn., putting up a double-double for the second time this season, but a cold shooting game for the Wolves was the difference in the game, as West Georgia lost to Lee in Gulf South Conference action.
Smith, who missed the Shorter game on Thursday due to an injury, had his second double-double of the season in his first Gulf South Conference game, scoring 11 and pulling down 12 rebounds. He had 22 points and 13 boards against Morehouse earlier this season. He, William Sides and Jack Shaughnessy each hada double-figure scoring night, but Lee shot 41 percent from the field against West Georgia's 29, which was the difference in the game.
West Georgia started out strong in the early part of the contest, as a three-pointer from Shaughnessy with 15:38 remaining in the first half put the Wolves up by a 12-6 margin in the first five minutes. UWG continued to push, and another three-pointer from Smith at the 7:21 mark of the first half gave West Georgia its biggest lead of the game at 24-15. Lee then went on a 14-4 run over the final seven minutes of the half to take a narrow 29-28 lead into the locker room at the break.
Smith was on fire in the first half, with 11 points and 10 rebounds at the break, but the junior would go cold in the second half, picking up just one point and two rebounds in the period. The two teams battled for the first 10 minutes of the half, but over the final 10, the Flames went on to outscore West Georgia 24-14 for the final result.
The Wolves were led by Sides, who had 14 points in the game, followed by Smith with 11 and Shaughnessy with 10. As a team, West Georgia shot 29 percent from teh field, including 23 percent (7-of-30) from three-point range. The game was relatively foul-free, as the two teams combined to shoot just 13 free-throws, with the Wolves hitting 5-of-6 in the game and Lee a perfect 7-for-7.
Exams begin this week at West Georgia, as the Wolves will be off until Monday, December 11, when UWG returns home for a five-game stretch. That run begins on the 11th, with the Wolves playing host to the Virgin Islands at 7 p.m. in The Coliseum.