CARROLLTON, Ga. – The 2017-18 basketball season came to a close on Tuesday evening for the West Georgia Wolves, as the top-seeded Valdosta State Blazers handed the Wolves a 106-90 loss in the first round “Super Tuesday” matchup of the 2018 Gulf South Conference tournament.
Valdosta State stepped onto the court shooting on Tuesday evening at The Complex, as the first round game between the Wolves and Blazers was played at a breakneck speed in the first half. VSU hit 14-of-27 from three-point range in the first half and Paul Turner paced West Georgia with 17 points.
The Wolves trailed 14-2 early in the game to the Blazers, and West Georgia cut the lead to as little as eight points in the first half, as a three-pointer by Turner trimmed the VSU advantage to 36-28 with just over eight minutes left in the period. But the Blazers got hot again, scoring 29 point to the Wolves’ 18 over the final eight minutes of the half.
Coming out of the break, the Wolves scored five straight points to cut the advantage to 14 points at 65-51, but Valdosta State then went on a 10-2 run to push the lead back out to 75-53 with just under 16:00 left in the game.
Paul Turner led the Wolves in the game with 22 points, followed by Marquill Smith with 17. Valdosta State had six players in double-figures, ending the game with 17 three-pointers hit in the contest.
West Georgia closes the 2017-18 season with a 14-14 record overall while Valdosta State moves to 26-3. The Blazers will take on the winner of Lee and Delta State in the GSC Semifinals on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.