CARROLLTON, Ga. – West Georgia lost for the second-straight road game on Saturday afternoon, as the Wolves fell to the Johnson C. Smith Bulls by a score of 81-68 at Brayboy Gymnasium in Charlotte, NC.
The loss drops West Georgia to 3-2 on the 2017-18 season thus far, while the win moves Johnson C. Smith to 6-2 on the year. The game was the final warmup for West Georgia before Gulf South Conference play begins next week.
The Wolves jumped out to an early 8-2 lead over the homestanding Bulls in the first four minutes of the game, but Johnson C. Smith came charging right back, tying the game at 12-12 with 12:50 left in the first half. The Bulls took their first lead of the game with just under 11 minutes left in the first half and never trailed again in the first half, opening up a 39-27 lead heading into the locker room at the break.
In the second half, it was more of the same, as the Bulls outscored the Wolves 22-16 over the first eight minutes of the period. Then it was time for West Georgia to go on a brief run, as the Wolves cut the Johnson C. Smith advantage to 68-60 with 5:24 left in the contest. But over the final five minutes of the contest, the Bulls outscored West Georgia 13-8, outracing the Wolves to the finish.
A trio of freshmen led the West Georgia offense in the contest. Steven Ross led the Wolves with 12 points in the game, followed by Glenn Robinson with 11 points and Greg James added 11. West Georgia will return to action next Thursday evening with the 2017-18 Gulf South Conference opener against the Shorter Hawks in Rome, Ga.