By James Vallone
PENSACOLA, Fla. -Walter Hill scored over 20 for the second time in four games and Anthony Banks recorded his fourth double-double of the season, but Shorter lost the Gulf South Conference road game at West Florida, 68-67.
Shorter (7-4, 1-2 GSC) was able to outscore the Argos in the second half to rally back from a halftime deficit to take a one point lead with 1:46 left in the game when Hill scored his final two points on a jumper, making the score 67-66. Lendward Griffin scored connected for the game's final basket with 1:28 remaining. Hill would have two more looks in the waning moments of the game, but neither would connect.
Three Hawks would score in double digits; Hill, Banks with 16, and Brandon Wright with 11 in his first start of the season.
Banks added 14 rebounds for the game high, while also picking up four steals. He did most of his work in the second half, scoring 10 points while going 3-for-6 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the free throw line.
Hill would add 15 points after the break, connecting on a pair of 3-pointers while going 6-for-13 from the field.
Dedric Ware continues to lead the team in assists, picking up five more against West Florida, to run his season average to 6.0 assists per game.
West Florida (7-4, 2-1 GSC) had four players reach double digits in scoring, led by the 16 points scored by Terrance Beasley. Jason Laatsch (15), Sean Voss (12), and Ellis Young (12) also reached double digits in scoring. Young was held below his season average of 19.3, while Voss was shooting 65 percent for the season before going 4-for-11 against the Hawks defense.
Shorter will return to action in another GSC road game, this time coming from Valdosta State on January 5 at 4 pm. The Blazers (9-2, 1-2 GSC) are coming off of a home loss tonight against Alabama-Huntsville, 79-77. The game featured a 17-8 run by UAH in the final six minutes to overtake the Blazers at The Complex on the campus of Valdosta State. In the game, James Anacreon scored four points – he is the leading scorer for the Blazers averaging 17.1 per game.