CARROLLTON, Ga. - It was a tale of two halves on Wednesday evening at The Coliseum, and a second-half push from the sixth-ranked Queens Royals proved to be the difference in the game as the West Georgia Wolves fell 92-85 in non-conference basketball action.
With two regulars not dressed out due to injury, the Wolves put on a massive effort led by junior guard Oronte' Anderson against the Royals. Anderson led four Wolves in double-figures in the contest, scoring 25 points and dishing out five assists to lead UWG on the offensive end of the floor.
Facing a team that averages 96 points per game on the season, the West Georgia defense was on-point in the opening half, holding the Royals to just 28 percent from the floor. Queens led the game from the outset for the first six minutes of the contest, until junior Kovi Tate put in a layup that gave the Wolves an 11-10 lead with 13:57 left in the half. Over the next 10 minutes, West Georgia outscored the Royals 25-11, building the largest lead of the game at 36-21 with 4:05 left in the half.
The Wolves continued to push in the period, taking a 44-32 lead into the break at halftime. Anderson led the way with 12 points in the first half and Seth Brown-Carter scored 11 of his 18 points in the first half.
The Royals came out with aggressive defense and hitting their shots in the second half, but the Wolves matched Queens shot-for-shot in the first three minutes, leading 55-40 with 17:03 left in the game. Over the next three minutes, the Wolves went cold as the Royals went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to six with 14:20 left in the game. The Wolves looked as if they weathered the run, pushing the lead back out to 12 at 67-55 on a three-pointer with 10:13 left in the game.
Over the final 10 minutes of the game, the Royals outscored the Wolves by a 37-18 count, taking the seven-point victory and spoiling West Georgia's upset bid.
In addition to Anderson and Brown-Carter, Kovi Tate poured in 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. The fourth double-figure scorer on the evening was Michael Zabetakis, who scored 10 points and pulled eight rebounds in the loss. West Georgia falls to 1-4 on the year, and the Wolves will take on Alabama Huntsville on Saturday in the first Gulf South Conference game of the year.