The University of West Georgia men's basketball team suffered a second straight setback on Saturday afternoon, falling to Johnson C. Smith in an 81-68 bout at Brayboy Gymnasium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Wolves (3-2) jumped out to an early 8-2 lead over the Bulls (6-2) in the opening minutes of the game, but Johnson C. Smith came charging right back, tying the game at 12-all with 12:50 left in the first half. The Bulls took their first lead of the game with just under 11 minutes left in the first half and never trailed again through the break, opening up a 39-27 lead heading into the locker room.
In the second half, it was more of the same, as the Bulls outscored the Wolves by a 22-16 margin over the first eight minutes of the period. Then it was time for West Georgia to go on a brief run, where the Wolves cut the Johnson C. Smith advantage to 68-60 with 5:24 left in the contest.
But over the final five minutes of the contest, the Bulls outscored West Georgia, 13-8, outracing the visitors to the finish. A trio of freshmen led the West Georgia offense in the contest. Steven Ross scored 12 points, followed by Glenn Robinson and Greg James with 11 points apiece.
West Georgia returns to action next Thursday evening with the 2017-18 Gulf South Conference opener against Shorter in Rome.