CARROLLTON, Ga. – The West Georgia Wolves took a brief hiatus from Gulf South Conference play on Sunday afternoon, taking on the Carver Cougars in a make-up game from early in December, when the contest was cancelled due to snow. The Wolves led nearly from horn to horn, cruising to a 113-72 victory in just the fourth home game of the year.
Juniors Karlos Odum and Marquill Smith paced the Wolves’ offense for the first four minutes of the game as the duo combined for 10 of West Georgia’s first 12 points, with each player putting up five points in that span.
Midway through the first half, the Wolves used a 14-2 run in a five minute span to turn a four point lead into an 18-point advantage with just over seven minutes to play in the period. The Wolves didn’t look back from there as Marquill Smith led with 13 first half points and UWG led by as much as 20 in the half, and taking 55-38 advantage into the locker room.
As a team, the Wolves ended the first half, shooting 48.6 percent from the field on 17-of-35 shooting.
West Georgia’s intensity did not slow down in the second half, as the Wolves put up 58 second half points, leading by as much as 43 in the period. The Wolves were 4-of-13 in each of the two halves from the three-point line, with Smith leading the way with a 3-for-5 night from beyond the arc.
Michael Cooney relied on his bench for the majority of the second half, but the Wolves still shot 47.6 percent from the field in the half. Six different players scored in double-figures in the contest, including a team-high 25 from Marquill Smith. Freshman Ovie Magbegor added 15, Steven Ross, Jr. had 12, while Karlos Odum and Ray Reeves each poured in 11. Greg James was the final double-figure scorer with 10 points on the night.
The Wolves will return to Gulf South Conference play on Tuesday night against Auburn Montgomery. That contest was originally scheduled for Monday evening, but has since been moved to Tuesday. The women’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the men’s game to follow at 7:30.