CARROLLTON, Ga. - There is no place like home for the holidays. That would be the theme for the West Georgia Wolves on Saturday afternoon at The Coliseum, as the Wolves snapped a four-game losing streak with a 93-82 victory over the Mississippi College Choctaws in their first game in two weeks.
Storylines were plentiful in this one, led by junior Paul Turner making his first appearance in a West Georgia uniform with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Marquill Smith picked up his third double-double in his past four games with 27 points and 12 rebounds as another storyline. Yet another could be the inspired play of Karlos Odum, who owned the paint with 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks.
But the biggest storyline of all for the night was the final five minutes of the first half, where the Wolves went on a 16-2 run to take a commanding 47-31 lead into the locker room at the break. That came on the heels of what was a fairly slow start for the Wolves, as Mississippi College led by as many as nine points in the first 10 minutes of the contest. Turner had six of the Wolves 16 points in that run, with four of those coming at the free-throw line.
In the second half, the Wolves kept the lead in double-digits for the bulk of the half, as the Choctaws managed to cut the advantage to single digits twice in the period. That stayed for a total of just under a minute, as a dunk from Odum pushed it back to double-digits, as did a layup from Turner.
The Wolves shot 45 percent from the floor in the game, and the duo of Smith and Turner combined for a 16-of-18 performance from the free-throw line. As a team, the Wolves hit 73 percent from the charity stripe in the game. Aren Ulmer had another solid all-around game, scoring nine points, dishing out seven assists, picking up three steals and grabbing four rebounds. The junior was 4-for-6 from the field. Another big part of the win was rebounding, as the Wolves outrebounding a bigger team in the Choctaws 45-41.
West Georgia moves to 4-4 on the year with the victory and is now 1-2 against Gulf South Conference opponents. Mississippi College drops to 3-5 on the year and is 1-3 in league play. The Wolves will play host to Delta State on Monday evening at 6 p.m. to conclude the "Home for the Holidays" theme. Tickets for Monday's game are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. Visit the UWG Athletics Ticket Portal to purchase your tickets.