By James Vallone
LIVINGSTON, Ala. -- The Hawks withstood a second half rally from West Alabama to claim the Gulf South Conference road victory, 73-68 from Pruitt Hall.
Dedric Ware scored 23 points, 14 in the first half, to lead the scoring. Ware would also dish out a team high three assists and grab a share of the game-high five steals.
Shorter (13-5, 7-3 GSC) would enter halftime up by 11 points, 34-23. The lead was helped by a 13-4 run midway through the half after Devance Harris connected on a jumper with 8:47 to play, giving the Hawks the 25-16 lead. The lead was helped by a 36 percent to 18 percent edge from 3-point range.
The second half was a different story, with the Tigers outscoring the Hawks but not being able to overcome the deficit. West Alabama (7-10, 3-7 GSC) would connect on six 3-pointers while shooting 73 percent (11-for-15) from the free throw line in the second half.
Walter Hill would record a double-double, with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Brandon Pullman would score all nine of his points in the second half while adding 10 rebounds. Pullman received his first start since the end of December.
Harris made his second consecutive start for the injured Anthony Banks, adding eight points and five rebounds while going 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
West Alabama would storm back in the second half to be within one point, 68-67, with 1:40 remaining to play after Sandy Underwood connected on a pair of free throws. Harris, Hill, and Ware would go 5-for-6 from the line to seal the GSC road victory.
Steven Samuels would lead three Tigers in double digit points with 25; he would be joined by Underwood (16) and Jack Hill (13). Samuels and Desmond Redmond would each share five assists.
The Hawks would convert 12 Tiger turnovers into 13 points while winning the second chance points battle 15-7.
Next up for Shorter is a home game versus in-state GSC rival West Georgia. The two teams met on December 2 from Carrollton, with the home team claiming the 78-63 win. Anthony Banks and Kenny Leverette each scored 12 points in the game. The Wolves received 20 points from Quincy Hill and 14 from Thomas Higginbotham as part of four players to reach double digits in points.