CARROLLTON, Ga. – The West Georgia Wolves finished the 2017-18 preseason on Sunday evening at the KSU Convocation Center in Kennesaw, Ga., taking on Division I Kennesaw State in the final exhibition matchup of the year. The Wolves lost their first of the preseason, falling 96-76.
The first half at the KSU Convocation Center in Kennesaw saw the Wolves spread the scoring around in a similar fashion to the first exhibition game against Carver. The Wolves and Owls played close for the first 11 minutes of the contest, as KSU clung to a 20-19 lead with 9:12 left in the half.
Over the next seven minutes, Kennesaw State went on a 20-9 run, building a 40-28 lead with 2:36 left in the first half. Ten seconds later, Aren Ulmer buried a three-pointer, sparking a run over the final two minutes for West Georgia. The Wolves hit three from beyond the arc, including two from Ulmer, cutting the KSU lead to 42-39 with 29 seconds left. A bucket near the buzzer put the Owls up 44-39 heading to the break.
Jack Shaughnessy and William Sides each had seven points to lead the UWG scoring, while Vinko Glavan added six points and seven rebounds in the opening half. Five different players had a least five points for UWG in the first half, as UWG shot 36 percent from the field and was 6-of-18 from three-point range.
The second half began with another run from Kennesaw State, as the Owls outscored the Wolves 19-11 over the first five minutes of the period. With solid play from Vinko Glavan and Greg James, the Wolves cut the KSU lead to as few as nine over the next nine minutes, but the inside presence of the Owls kept UWG no closer than that.
With just under six minutes left in the game, junior Karlos Odum scored five straight points on back-to-back possessions to cut the lead to 79-71. At that point, Odum had 13 points in the contest. Down the stretch, the Wolves would cut the KSU lead to as little as six, but could pull no closer.
Odum led the Wolves with 15 points in the contest, followed by Jack Shaughnessy with 11 and Glavan added nine points and 10 rebounds. The Wolves will face-off with Miles and Tuskegee in the GSC/SIAC Challenge this weekend in Cleveland, Tenn. West Georgia will play Miles on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Tuskegee at 2 p.m. on Saturday.