CARROLLTON, Ga. – The West Georgia Wolves fell to 2-3 on the young season Tuesday night in Dahlonega, Ga., as the North Georgia Nighthawks shot 53 percent from the field en route to a 104-80 victory over the Wolves at the UNG Convocation Center.
The Wolves and Nighthawks came out running in this one, combining for 40 points in the first eight minutes of the contest. In that span, both teams shot better than 50 percent from the field, with Marquill Smith leading the Wolves with seven points early, as the Nighthawks led 21-19 with 11:42 left in the opening period.
Over the next 10 minutes, the two teams jockeyed back-and-forth, but North Georgia used an 8-0 run to push the advantage out to double-digits, and the Nighthawks led 39-27 with 3:07 left in the first half.
The biggest play of the opening half came with six minutes left in the period when Smith picked up his second foul of the half. That forced head coach Dave Moore to substitute for Smith, who averages 36 minutes per game, for the final six minutes of the half. In that span, UNG outscored the Wolves 18-8, taking a 51-35 lead into the locker room at the break.
Out of the locker room, the Nighthawks continued their run, extending to a 25-12 run to take a 58-39 lead quickly in the second half. But then Smith got hot, and the Wolves returned the favor with a 9-0 run to the under-16:00 timeout, as North Georgia led 58-48 with 15:37 left in the game.
The Wolves continued to chip away at the North Georgia lead, and as Smith crossed the 20-point threshold for the fifth-straight game to start the season, West Georgia cut
West Georgia will return home after the Thanksgiving holiday, taking on Johnson C. Smith at The Coliseum on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
UWG Stat Leaders
Marquill Smith – 24 pts
Gerald Blount – 19 pts, 7 rebs
Greg James – 10 pts