CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves came out of the gate hold, but Columbus State turned the tables on the Wolves in the second half on Monday night in the Lumpkin Center, as UWG fell by an 86-81 count to the Cougars in non-conference play.
That marks four consecutive games where West Georgia has held a double-digit lead in the first half, with a 75-73 victory over Morehouse last Tuesday as the lone win in those four contests.
This one was a track meet for the first four minutes, as the Wolves and the Cougars played at breakneck speed until the first media timeout. Kadeim Jones started things just seconds into the game with a three-pointer as the Wolves put scored the Cougars 9-4 heading into the first media timeout.
Over the next six minutes, the Wolves went on a 13-6 run and a dunk from Kovi Tate gave UWG a 22-10 lead with 10 minutes left in the opening half. The run continued as the Wolves took a 30-12 lead into the under-8:00 timeout as Tate and Jones both had 11 points at that point.
Columbus State turned the tables on the Wolves in the final eight minutes of the opening stanza, going on a 22-11 run to close out the half. Tate hit a layup for the Wolves with six seconds left in the period to give West Georgia a 41-34 lead heading into the locker room at the break. That gave Tate a team-high 15 points in the first half.
As the second half began, Columbus State came out hot with a 9-5 run in the first five minutes, cutting the UWG advantage to 46-43 with just over 15 minutes left in the game. That 9-5 became 19-10, as the Cougars tied the game at the 12:29 mark with a layup, then took the lead on another fast-break layup at 53-51. Over the finals 12 minutes, Columbus State shot better than 60 percent in that span to outrace West Georgia to the victory.
Kadeim Jones poured in 22 points, hitting 4-of-10 from three-point range to pace the Wolves on the evening. Kovi Tate picked up his fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting 9-of-12 from the field. Oronte' Anderson tied a season-high with nine assists and added 13 points in the game.
West Georgia falls to 2-6 on the season and will take on the North Georgia Nighthawks at The Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff in that one is slated for 4 p.m.