Monday, December 5, 2011

Wolves survive on the road, move to 8-0

When you are undefeated, it gets tougher each night out to stay in that position. The UWG men's basketball team had their closest battle since the season opener Saturday afternoon, holding off a late charge from Columbus State for a 60-59 victory.

The win moves West Georgia to 8-0 on the season, the best start at UWG since the 2004-05 season when UWG started out 12-0. To pick up their eighth win of the season, this year's Wolves needed a solid defensive effort Saturday.

The first 13 minutes of the contest were a see-saw battle, but it was Columbus State that drew first blood, opening up a six-point lead in the first five minutes. The Cougars held the lead until the 7:11 mark when junior guard Quincy Hill raced the length of the court for a layup and a foul. Hill was shaken up on the play and Lavon Gray hit the free-throw in his stead, giving the Wolves a 26-25 advantage.

From that point for the remainder of the half, the Wolves would not give up the lead, with the advantage getting as high as six points and as low as two points. Jamarquis Stevenson hit a jumper at the buzzer for CSU that cut the UWG lead to 37-34 heading into the locker room.

Utilizing stellar ball movement, West Georgia went up by as many as eight in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but Columbus State clawed back into contention, cutting the UWG lead to one at 51-50 with 7:37 remaining in the contest.


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