CARROLLTON, Ga. – The Tennessee road trip ended Thursday evening on a sour note for the West Georgia Wolves, as No. 5 Christian Brothers rebounded from a loss on Tuesday, handing the Wolves a 104-85 loss in Gulf South Conference play at Canale Arena in Memphis.
Coming out of the gate, the two teams took a lot of shots early, and over the first 10 minutes of the game, those shots were falling. In that span, West Georgia hit 53 percent of their shots while the Bucs hit 50 percent and the homestanding CBU squad led by a slim 22-20 margin with 10:13 left in the first half.
Paul Turner was on fire early in the contest, scoring 11 of the Wolves’ first 22 points in the contest and hitting 3-of-3 from three-point range in that span. But CBU continued to hit shots as well, going on a 14-9 run over the next five minutes, and with just over five minutes left in the opening period, CBU led the Wolves 36-29. In the final five minutes of the half, Christian Brothers again outscored the Wolves, this time by a 13-10 margin, including a layup from Adam Dieball at the buzzer that gave CBU a 49-39 lead at the break.
Aren Ulmer ran the show for the Wolves in the first half, dishing out seven assists in the contest. The junior had 10 assists on Tuesday at Union, marking his first double-digit assist night at UWG, and came into the game averaging more than five assists per game. In the first four minutes of the second half, the West Georgia transition offense was successful, as the Wolves went on a 15-8 run that cut into the Christian Brothers lead.
At the 15:43 mark, Karlos Odum completed a three-point play with a made free-throw to make it CBU 57-54. But the Bucs responded with a 16-4 run over the next five minutes of the contest, taking a commanding 73-58 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the contest. But over that span, CBU extended the lead, closing out the victory by the 19-point margin.
Karlos Odum had his best night in a West Georgia uniform, hitting 10-of-13 from the field en route to a 26-point effort, and he also had 10 rebounds for his first double-double at UWG. Four Wolves were in double-digits in the game, as Turner added 17 points, Marquill Smith had 16 points and William Sides had 11 points.
West Georgia falls to 5-7 overall on the season, and is now 1-5 against Gulf South Conference competition. Christian Brothers moves to 12-1 overall and 4-1 in league play. The Wolves will be back in action on Sunday afternoon at home, taking on Carver at 3 p.m. The game is a makeup contest from December, when West Georgia was blanketed in 10 inches of snow.