By James Vallone
ROME -- The Shorter Hawks got back to the home court winning ways, defeating West Georgia from the Winthrop-King Centre, 85-61. The victory earned the Hawks a split of the season series versus the fellow Gulf South Conference opponent after the Wolves were victorious form Carrolton on December 2, 78-63.
The Hawks would shoot 57 percent in the first half to take a 19-point lad into the intermission, 42-23. Shorter's defense was able to hold the Wolves to 39 percent in the first half.
The second half saw Shorter (14-5, 8-3 GSC) open up a 27-point lead after a 12-4 run with 14:29 left in the second half. West Georgia (7-12, 4-7 GSC) would not get closer than 15 points for the rest of the game.
Dedric Ware would lead all players in both points (22) and assists (six) while playing 35 minutes.
Hill would shoot 4-for-7 from behind the arc to help fuel the 17-point night.
Kenny Leverette would be the fourth Hawk starter to reach double digits in points, scoring 13, while joining Pullman with a team-high seven rebounds.
Deontre Brown would come off the bench to lead the Wolves with 16 points. Sean Boston (12) and Dan Trimble (11) would also reach double digits, with Trimble recording a game-high nine rebounds.
The Hawks would outshoot the Wolves, 56 percent to 39 percent, while connecting on 56 percent from behind the arc.
Next up for the Hawks will be two GSC schools – West Florida and Valdosta State. The Hawks lost at West Florida on January 3, 68-67, while the Hawks defeated Valdosta State on January 5, 75-69.