West Georgia Keeps It Interesting

Thomas Higginbotham in action Monday night against the University of Alabama.

Thomas Higginbotham in action Monday night against the University of Alabama.

Monday evening the University of West Georgia traveled to the University of Alabama to take on the  Crimson Tide in an exhibition game. By all accounts this game was hugely favored by the Tide. The Wolves are coming off a sub par season going 9-18 over all with a 6-12 conference record while the Tide finished the year 23-13 with a 12-6 conference record. Also note that the Tide reached the quarterfinals in the NIT. With all these stats on the table West Georgia took the court against The Crimson Tide in Coleman Coliseum and fought till the last buzzer sounded. When it was all said and done the Wolves fell to the Tide by a score of 65-64 in OT. The game was almost a lock for the Wolves in regulation when West Ga’s Zach Taulien hit a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left on the clock. Tough luck would have a costly foul against the Wolves on the ensuing Tide possession which sent Trevor Releford to the free throw line and resulted in the contest going to overtime. Ultimately The Tide were able to hold off a last minute surge from the Wolves in OT and avoided a huge upset. Though the Wolves had a chance to win but could not pull the trigger, this loss is not necessarily a loss. Coming off a losing season, this near victory against a Division I program can be seen as a bright spot. If the Wolves can play each game this season at a caliber that can force a quality SEC basketball team into overtime, West Georgia should bode well in the GSC conference schedule. The Wolves have a four day break before heading to Puerto Rico on the 8th of November for the Mayaguez Classic.

You can check out live stats for all the upcoming games at uwgsports.com and listen to all the home action live at westga.edu/thewolf.

About Justen Ransom

My name is Justen Ransom. I am a student at the University of West Georgia. Sports are my passion. With that said I am a Mass Communications major Film Studies minor. My end goal is sports broadcasting. I have started that goal while I am getting my degree by working for the WOLF internet radio. I am the Sports Director and manage the WOLF's second stream The WOLF Sports. I have my own sports talk show as well as doing play by play for West Georgia Soccer Volleyball Baseball and Softball. I also simulcast Football and basketball. I now add to my work writing for the awesome site.