CARROLLTON, Ga. - It took just a little bit of time for the West Georgia Wolves to get warmed up in their first exhibition matchup of the 2017-18 season against Carver on Thursday night, but the Wolves exploded over the final 30 minutes of the game, blasting the Cougars by a 116-81 margin at The Coliseum.
Every player in the game scored on Thursday evening and six different players had double-figures in the 35-point victory. Freshman Greg James led the Wolves in scoring with 15 points and was tied with junior Karlos Odum for the rebounding lead with seven. Junior Jack Shaughnessy was one of the double-figure scorers with 11 points, and nearly had a double-double, dishing out eight assists in the game.
West Georgia opened up the game slowly, with their first three points of the contest coming on free-throws in the first two minutes of action. Odum hit one free-throw and Shaughnessy had two in that span as Carver built an early 9-3 advantage. That pair ended up scoring the first 11 points of the game for West Georgia, as the Wolves tied it at 11-11 with 16:19 left in the first half. Nineteen seconds later, redshirt freshman Ray Reeves buried a three-pointer off of an assist from Shaughnessy, giving UWG its first lead of the game at 14-11.
That opened up the floodgates, as the Wolves scored 62 points in the first half on 56 percent shooting from the field. As a team, West Georgia hit six three-pointers in the half, including three from Reeves. Heading into the locker room at the break, the Wolves held a 62-42 advantage.
In the second half, West Georgia quickly pushed the lead out to 29 at 73-44 with just over 16 minutes remaining in the game. Shaughnessy joined Marquill Smith, Vinko Glavan, and Steven Ross, as each scored 11 points in the contest while Reeves hit for 12 points on the night. James was 7-for-9 from the field en route to his 15-point performance.
West Georgia will play on Sunday afternoon in Kennesaw, Ga., taking on the Kennesaw State Owls in the Wolves' final exhibition of the preseason. UWG will open the regular season next weekend in Cleveland, Tenn., in the GSC/SIAC Challenge, hosted this year by the Lee Flames.