The Wolves (3-3, 1-1 GSC) used a quality defensive effort to shut down a Shorter (5-2, 1-1) squad that came into the game averaging 94.5 points per game through the first six of the season.
While UWG shot 59.3 percent from the floor and 6-of-13 from the 3-point line, the Hawks were held to 37 percent shooting and were 8-of-28 from behind the arc.
The play from guards Quincy Hill and Thomas Higginbotham made the biggest difference for the Wolves, as the two combined for 34 points. Hill led UWG with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor.
For the opening 10 minutes of the game, it was a back-and-forth affair, as it was tied 14-all at the 10:50 mark. Then came back-to-back 3-pointers from Deontre Brown and Zach Taulien to open up a lead that would sit at 37-29 at halftime.
Once the Wolves built up a 10-point lead, it never dipped below double digits while it built to as many as 16 points in the final 20 minutes.
After Hill’s 20 and Higginbotham’s 14-point efforts, Sean Boston added 11 points, while Brett Seljak chipped in 10 points. Both Brown and Taulien had nine points each.
The Wolves will be off for finals until Dec. 11 when they will host Clayton State at 7:30 p.m.
UWG women’s basketball
It took an extra frame, but the Wolves (4-3, 1-1) got their first conference win of the season, 61-55, against Shorter on Sunday afternoon at The Coliseum.
Jerlissa Taylor scored four of UWG’s eight points in overtime, as it was able to outlast the GSC newcomers.
The Wolves never trailed in the game, as Brittany Johnson opened up the scoring with a 3-pointer 52 seconds into the game and reached an 13-point in the first half. West Georgia went into halftime leading, 31-23.
In the second half, Shorter (2-2, 1-1) began chipping away at the lead, tying the game at 36-all at the 13:17 mark, but the Wolves turned around and built as much as an eight-point lead eight minutes later.
A 3-pointer from Carrollton High School product Karisma Boykin with 57 seconds left tied the game and the two teams went into overtime at 53-all.
The overtime period belonged to UWG, which outscored the Lady Hawks, 8-2, to pick up its first conference win of the year.
Taylor led the way for the Wolves with 18 points, while Johnson and Taylor Turgeon added 11 points each. Johnson also led the team with nine rebounds.
Boykin led Shorter with 22 points in her return to Carrollton.
The Wolves will be off until Dec. 12 when they travel to face Columbus State.