The Wolves (5-6, 2-1 GSC) earned their first road win of the 2012-13 season after four setbacks, getting a 22-point effort from junior forward Sean Boston, who connected on 7-of-11 field goal attempts and went 8-for-13 from the charity stripe to lead three UWG players in double-figures offensively.
Zach Taulien added 16 points in just 14 minutes — knocking down 4-of-8 shots from downtown — while Taylor Cochran added 11 points to help the winning cause.
West Georgia, which shot 46 percent from the floor, broke an early 4-all tie with an 8-0 run to grab control of the game and used a Taulien trey with 12 seconds left in the opening half to build a 35-22 advantage by the break.
The Tigers (4-6, 0-3) cut the UWG lead to eight points on two different occasions during the second half, but the Wolves maintained a double-digit advantage for the majority of the final 20 minutes until Sandy Underwood’s bucket with 11 seconds remaining made for the final nine-point margin.
West Georgia held the Tigers to 21-of-60 (35 percent) shooting and a 2-of-13 (15 percent) clip from downtown. Jack Hill led the Tigers with 15 points, while Underwood added 13.
The Wolves finally return home on Thursday in a GSC rivalry showdown against Valdosta State at 7:30 p.m.
West Alabama women 82, West Georgia 61: The Wolves (7-4, 1-2) saw their four-game winning streak snapped behind the 1-2 punch of Tiger standouts Brittany Weathers and Nikkia Jordan, who combined to score 44 points, with Weathers dropping in a game-high 24 and Jordan netting 20.
Weathers, who leads the GSC in scoring, connected on 4-of-6 attempts from downtown, with Jordan — in just her second game back from an injury that forced her to miss the first nine contests of the season — coming up big in this one, as well.
As a team, the Tigers (6-5, 1-2) shot 44 percent from both the floor and beyond the arc and went 17-of-18 (94 percent) from the free-throw line.
Synthea Reed posted a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots and Jamie Gunter also reached double figures with 13 points and eight rebounds for UWA.
West Alabama jumped out to an early 17-5 lead and kept their advantage in the double-digit ballpark for much of the first half before the Wolves got it down to seven points with 59 seconds left on a Nicole Fasick 3-pointer. UWA’s Tamya Thompson hit a pair of free throws with two ticks left on the clock for the nine-point Tiger halftime edge.
In the second half, West Alabama proved to be too much, pulling away to earn its first GSC win of the year.
Villa Rica High School product JaDechia Hill led UWG with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Mone’ Peoples scored 13 and Jerlisa Taylor added 12 points.
The Wolves return home to host Valdosta State on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.