By James Vallone
ROME -- For the third game in a row the Shorter Hawks scored in triple digits, this time beating Gulf South Conference rival West Alabama 100-83. The win marks the first conference win for the program as it moves towards being a member of the GSC. The Hawks are now 4-0 at home to start the season.
The first half was played tightly until the 12-minute mark hit, Shorter (5-1, 1-0 GSC) took a tie score and stretched a lead to six points. The Hawks would survive a West Alabama (3-3, 0-1 GSC) run before mounting a second run of their own to establish the 55-43 lead at the break.
At the break, Shorter already had four players scoring in double digits.
The second half saw Shorter never trail while gaining the conference victory.
The Hawks were able to outrebound the Tigers, 49-34, which included grabbing 33 defensive rebounds.
Kenny Leverette pulled down a career-high 15 boards, to go along with 15 points, four assists, and two steals.
Anthony Banks and C.J. Davis each scored 24 points to lead the Hawks. Banks played only 10 minutes in the first half plagued by foul trouble, but still managed to score 12 before the break. Banks would add eight rebounds while going 10-for-15 from the field. Davis did his work from behind the arc going 4-for-7, while also going 10-for-11 from the free throw line. Davis also added four assists.
Dedric Ware scored 18 points, going 3-for-5 from 3, while dishing out three assists.
Brandon Wright, who only missed once from the field, led the bench with 10 points in 18 minutes. Wright went 4-for-5 on the night, including 2-for-2 from behind the arc.
The Hawks hit nine 3-pointers, good enough to convert 47 percent from long range.
Shorter shot 51 percent for the game while holding West Alabama to 43 percent – including 18 percent on 3-point shots in the second half. The Hawks made 27 free throws – 69 percent for the game – compared to the six for West Alabama.
Sandy Underwood was the games high scorer with 28 points for West Alabama, where he helped keep the game close in the first half with a 20-point outburst before the break. He would add nine rebounds and go 3-for-6 on 3-pointers for the game, with all three made shots in the first half.
Shorter returns to Gulf South Conference action on Sunday, December 2 when it travels to in-state rival West Georgia for a 5 pm tip-off in Carrollton.