CARROLLTON, Ga. - Offense was tough to find for the West Georgia Wolves against the Delta State Statesmen on Monday evening, as the Wolves shot just 34 percent from the field in a 76-56 Gulf South Conference loss at The Coliseum.
The Wolves started the game running, as Aren Ulmer found Karlos Odum on a fast break for the opening points of the game with just 48 seconds gone in the game. The Statesmen tied the game less than a minute later, then took the lead on a jumper from Brett Warner with 17:58 left in the game. That would be the final time that the lead exchanged hands in the game, as the shot kicked off a 19-7 run that gave DSU a 10-point lead at 19-9 with 13:49 left in the first half.
West Georgia began to chip away at the DSU lead, and with less than a minute left in the first half, newcomer Laperion Perry buried a three-pointer that cut the Delta State advantage to 37-32 heading into the locker room at the break.
In the first four minutes of the second half, the Wolves' offense was cold from the field, scoring just two points while the Statesmen pushed their lead out to 12 at 46-34 with 15:35 left in the contest. Odum pushed the advantage back into single digits twice and Paul Turner once over the next five minutes, but in the final 10 minutes of the game, West Georgia could pull no closer than 11.
Odum led the Wolves in scoring on the night, hitting 6-for-8 from the free-throw line en route to a 16-point effort in the game. Turner and Marquill Smith each had double-figure scoring nights, hitting for 11 and 10, respectively.
West Georgia falls to 4-5 on the year and 1-3 in Gulf South Conference play. The Wolves will play another non-conference opponent in Livingstone on December 30 as part of a doubleheader with the women's team. The Wolves will take on Point in women's action at 2 p.m. on that afternoon, followed by the men at 4 p.m. The game will be free to see and is not part of the ticket package for the 2017-18 season.