By James Vallone
CARROLLTON, Ga. -- C.J. Davis scored 13 second half points, but it was not enough to bring the Shorter Hawks back as they suffer the loss to in-state Gulf South Conference rival West Georgia, 78-63.
Shorter (5-2, 1-1 GSC) had been averaging 94.5 points per game going into the contest, the Hawks shot just 38 percent from the field and 13-for-19 from the foul line.
Shorter's only lead was one point at 9-8 when Dedric Ware hit a jump shot with 14:49 remaining in the first half. Ware would score nine points and while notching a game-high six assists.
Davis would hit a 3-pointer four minutes later to tie the game at 14, before West Georgia would go on a 16-3 run over the next five minutes of play.
West Georgia would lead by as much as 15 in the second half on the way to claiming their first GSC victory of the season.
Davis would lead the team in scoring with 19, added by making five 3-pointers, while also recording six assists and two steals.
Anthony Banks played a season-high 34 minutes on his way to scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds for the game-high.
Kenny Leverette played the entire 40 minutes, scoring 12 points and picking up two steals.
The Hawks were outscored by the West Georgia bench 18-8, and also with points in the paint 32-22.
Shorter will aim to bounce back on December 8 when they travel to Clark Atlanta, with tip-off set for 4 pm.