The West Georgia Tech men’s basketball team earned its first victory of the season Monday night in impressive fashion, 112-74 over the Truett-McConnell College junior varsity squad in Cleveland, Ga.
The Lady Golden Knights basketball team evened its record at 3-3 on the season with a 64-51 victory over the visiting Faulkner University junior varsity squad.
WGTC’s men’s squad (1-3) took control early and had by far its best half of the season en route to a 67-31 halftime advantage.
The Golden Knights shot 61 percent from the field (42-of-69) and connected on 6-of-11 shots from three-point range (55 percent). The Knights were even more efficient from the free-throw line where they went 22-of-26 (85 percent).
Orlandis Hill led the Golden Knights in scoring for the fourth-consecutive time to open the season. The sophomore transfer from Alcorn State finished with 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. He was 2-of-4 from three-point range.
Six other Golden Knights joined Hill with double-figure scoring, including Shaquille Davis (15 points, 7 rebounds), Xavier Jennings (13 points, 7 rebounds), Devante Orebeau (13 points), Damon Pearson (12 points), and Jon Perry (10 points).
Perry also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double.
West Georgia Tech returns to the hardwood Thursday for game two of a five-game road-swing, in Birmingham against Lawson State. Tip-time is 8 p.m. EDT.
The WGTC women’s team knocked the Faulkner junior varsity squad to 2-5 on the year.
Kelsey Walthall scored 18 points and pulled down four rebounds to lead the Golden Knights in scoring. Keonna Harris joined her in double-figures with 11 points.
The Golden Knights jumped out to an 18-8 lead at the 11:00 mark only to see Faulkner go on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 18-18. Faulkner led 21-20 with 5:33 left in the half before West Georgia Tech closed the half with a 21-4 run to lead 41-25 at the break.
West Georgia Tech’s largest lead was 24, at 58-34 with 8:15 remaining.
The Golden Knights forced 31 turnovers with Walthall leading the way with five steals as nine different WGTC players had at least one steal on the night.
WGTC shot 40 percent from the field (27-of-68) and was 3-of-12 from three-point range.
West Georgia Tech held Faulkner to just 27 percent shooting overall.
West Georgia Tech will take on the Faulkner J.V. again this Saturday, with a 1 p.m. tip in Bay Minette, Ala.
The West Georgia Tech women’s basketball team split a pair of games over the weekend which included a big 70-47 victory over NJCAA D-I member Chattahoochee Tech on Friday.
The Golden Knights dropped a 61-55 decision on the road at Andrew College the next day to fall to 2-3 on the season, all against NJCAA DI competition.
Meanwhile the West Georgia Tech men lost to Chattahoochee Tech Friday night, 101-85.
Kadriana Howard scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Golden Knights (2-2) to a big win over Chattahoochee Tech (2-1), 70-47. She had a team-leading seven steals in the contest.
Jasmine Williams scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
Kelsey Walthall added 13 points and five rebounds in limited minutes due to foul trouble.
The West Georgia Tech women led 27-16 at the half against Andrew College on Saturday but could not hold the lead, dropping a 61-55 decision.
Jasmine Williams scored nine points while Mahogany Harris and Kadriana Howard each scored eight points to lead the way for the Golden Knights (2-3).
WGTC forced 36 turnovers. Ten different WGTC players had at least one steal, led by Howard with six.
Both teams shot less than 30 percent from the field.
The West Georgia Tech Men (0-3) dropped a 101-85 decision to Chattahoochee Tech (3-0) on Friday, despite a 20-point effort from Orlandis Hill.
Hill went 5-of-12 from the field and was 3-of-5 from three-point range. He has led WGTC in scoring in all three of its games so far this season.
Shaquille Davis added 15 points and Ryan Jones scored 10 points to round out the double-figure scoring for the Golden Knights.
West Georgia Tech shot 46 percent from the field (27-of-59). Chattahoochee Tech led 57-47 at halftime.