CARROLLTON, Ga. - The Tennessee road trip finished on Saturday evening for the West Georgia Wolves on a sour note, as the Wolves fell at Canale Arena in Memphis, Tenn., 85-77 to the Christian Brothers Buccaneers in Gulf South Conference play.
The loss drops West Georgia to 12-9 on the year and 7-6 against Gulf South Conference competition, while the Bucs move to 15-7 overall and 10-4 against GSC opponents.
Over the first five minutes of the contest, the two teams played to a deadlock, as the score was tied at 10-10. The next four minutes saw the Bucs take an advantage with a 10-5 run and a 20-15 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the first half. Marquill Smith powered the Wolves over the first 20 minutes, scoring 17 points. West Georgia made up some ground in the final 10 minutes of the half, heading into the locker room trailing 33-30.
In the first eight minutes of the second half, the Wolves worked furiously to overtake the Bucs. With 12:10 left in the game, Smith hit a three-pointer to cut the CBU lead to one point at 47-46. But over the next seven minutes, Christian Brothers went on an 18-5 run that put the Wolves in a 65-51 hole with 5:27 left in the contest.
The Wolves made a push over the next three minutes, cutting the lead to 69-57 on a Deng Nhial layup with just over four minutes left. One minute later, Aren Ulmer buried a pair of free-throws to cut the lead to 71-64. Nhial hit a three-pointer with 17 seconds left in the game to cut the lead to 81-77, but CBU hit four free-throws over the final 17 seconds to salt the game away.
Smith scored 37 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wolves on the night, hitting 4-of-7 from three-point range and netting his fifth double-double of the season. Nhial hit 3-of-3 from three-point range in the game and was second on the scoring list for West Georgia with 15 points, followed by Gerald Blount with 10 points.