CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves returned home on Thursday evening following last weekend's victorious run through the state of Mississippi, but the same wouldn't be true this week, as the Valdosta State Blazer offense overwhelmed the Wolves at The Coliseum, handing the Wolves a 106-77 home loss.
Junior Paul Turner had a stellar night for the Wolves, going 8-for-8 from the free-throw line and pouring in 28 points while pulling down 11 rebounds. He led a contingent of three Wolves who scored in double-figures, including Marquill Smith with 15 and Vinko Glavan with 10. For Turner, it was his second double-double of the year.
The Wolves came out of the game firing on all cylinders, taking an early 7-3 advantage, but neither team was able to take a lead of any significance over the first eight minutes of the contest. With 13:02 left in the first half, the two teams were locked in a 17-17 tie, but over the next two minutes, the Blazers would go on a 10-0 run and the Wolves would not see the lead again.
Valdosta State shot a blistering 65 percent from the field in the first half en route to a 59-44 lead at the halftime break. Turner was the leader for the Wolves in scoring in the first half, pouring in 18 points in that period.
In the second half, the Wolves pulled to within 12 points at 70-58, but the Blazers extended the lead to as many as 30 points in the period to take the victory. The loss puts West Georgia at 11-12 on the year and 6-10 against GSC competition. VSU moves to 22-2 on the year and 15-1 in Gulf South Conference play. West Georgia will host West Florida on Saturday afternoon, with first tip expected at approximately 4 p.m.