CARROLLTON, Ga. - The opening contest of the 2019-20 season did not go the way of the Wolf on Friday evening at The Coliseum, as the West Georgia Wolves fell to the Embry-Riddle Eagles by an 85-60 count.
The Wolves and Eagles were playing in game two of the 2019 GSC/SSC Challenge, featuring UWG and Lee from the Gulf South Conference, and Embry-Riddle and Palm Beach Atlantic from the Sunshine State Conference. Lee handed an 83-80 loss to Palm Beach Atlantic earlier in the day in the opening game of this year's Challenge.
Junior newcomer Kadeim Jones led the way early in the game, scoring seven of the first nine points of the game for West Georgia, as the Wolves built a 9-6 lead in the first four minutes of the contest. UWG kept the Eagles in a similar spot for the next four minutes, leading 15-13 at the 11:57 mark of the first half. Over the next nearly six minutes, Embry-Riddle went on a 16-0 run to take a commanding 29-15 lead.
In the final six minutes of the half, the Wolves cut the Eagles lead to 29-22, only to have Embry-Riddle push their lead back to a 14-point lead at 37-23 heading into the locker room at the break. West Georgia shot just 24 percent from the field in the opening half, with Jones leading the way with 14 points in the period.
The second half saw Embry-Riddle's lead never drop below 14 points for the entire 20-minute span, as the Eagles handed the Wolves their first loss of the 2019-20 season.
Jones led the way for the Wolves with 24 points and seven rebounds in the game, followed by Seth Brown-Carter with 11 points and Kovi Tate with 10 points to round out the double-figure scorers for West Georgia in the game.
West Georgia will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at The Coliseum, taking on the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish on the second day of the GSC/SSC Challenge. Tipoff for the Wolves and Sailfish will be approximately 25 minutes after Embry-Riddle and Lee play at 4 p.m.