CARROLLTON, Ga. - A cold second half from the field spelled doom for the West Georgia men's basketball squad on Saturday afternoon, as the Wolves shot 31 percent in the period en route to an 81-73 loss to Montevallo at The Coliseum.
On the opposite side, the Falcons shot 62 percent from the floor in the second half, including a 7-for-9 effort from the three-point line. That erased West Georgia's 35-29 halftime lead, as Montevallo outscored UWG 52-38 in the second period on Saturday.
It took almost four minutes before either team managed to score to open the game, but William Sides hit a runner at the 16:03 mark of the opening half to put the Wolves on the board. UWG led until the second media timeout of the first half when the Falcons claimed their first lead of the game at 11-10. That advantage was short-lived, as the Wolves led by as many as nine points in the first half, then went into the locker room with the six-point lead.
Sides was again the first to hit from the field in the second half, giving the Wolves an eight-point advantage with 18:39 left in the game. Just over three minutes later, a three-pointer from UM's Tyler Brough returned the Falcons to the lead, and West Georgia would be playing from behind for the remainder of the game. Montevallo led by as many as 12 in the final 15 minutes of the second half.
The Wolves made a run with four minutes to go in the game, as freshman Greg James and junior Marquill Smith hit back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to four at 68-64. Less than 30 seconds later, Montevallo's Chris Williams responded with one of his five three-pointers in the contest, pushing the UM lead back out to seven with 3:35 left in the game.
Smith led the scoring effort for UWG, hitting for 26 points and pulling down eight rebounds in the process. Sides added 15 points and Paul Turner had 13 for the cause, while Aren Ulmer had six assists in the contest. Williams led the Falcons in scoring with 25 points and was 5-for-7 from three-point range in the game. The loss drops UWG to 9-11 overall on the season and 4-9 against Gulf South Conference competition. Montevallo moves to 13-9 on the year and 8-5 in league play.
West Georgia returns to the road next weekend, taking on Delta State on Thursday, February 1 at 8:30 p.m. (EST) before heading to Mississippi College on Saturday at 5 p.m.