VALDOSTA, Ga. – Terrence Hundley’s jumper with 2.5 second remaining
capped a come-from-behind bid by West Georgia as the Wolves topped
Valdosta State 79-78 in Gulf South Conference men’s basketball action
at the P.E. Complex Monday evening.
The Wolves (13-9, 5-3) trailed by as much as 18 in the first half and
by five with 2:20 remaining in the contest, but held the Blazers (13-9,
5-3) to just two free throws in the final two minutes to set up Hundley
shot in the lane.
With VSU up 76-71, Doug Daniels closed UWG to within two with a three
from the left corner before Stephan Walton connected on one-of-two free
throws to push the VSU lead back to three. Hundley followed with a
three from the top of the key just 10 seconds later to even the
contest. Jamahl Stokes put the Blazers back in front with a free throw
with 23 seconds to go in the contest, forcing a Wolf timeout. Hundley
dribbled down the clock after the timeout, before driving into the lane
and shooting a high-arcing shot over Stokes for the game winner.
The comeback bid ruined the best shooting night of the year for
Valdosta State, which hit 56.6 percent (30-of-53) of its field goals in
the contest. VSU shot 18-of-32 (56.3 percent) from the floor in the
first half, during which it led by 18 on three different occasions.
The Blazers scored the first 10 points of the game as Devario Hudson
hit a pair of threes and a jumper in the first four minutes of play.
The VSU lead continued to grow over the next seven minutes, reaching
28-10 on a Ray Cummings jumper with 9:37 to go in the half.
The Wolves closed to within 12 on two different occasions as Valdosta
State claimed a 43-29 halftime lead.
The Blazers maintained their double digit lead for the first six and a
half minutes of the second half before West Georgia used a 13-2 run to
tie the game at 60-60. Paul Harper scored four points during the run
while Daniels poured in seven.
VSU rebounded from the UWG surge and scored 10 of the next 12 points,
building a 70-62 advantage on a Tristan Crawford free throw with 5:33
remaining and led 76-71 on a Hudson three with 2:20 remaining before
the game-deciding spurt by the Wolves.
Hudson hit 12-of-17 field goal attempts, including six-of-eight threes,
to score a career-high 32 points. He registered his 10th double-double
of the season as he also pulled down 11 rebounds while also blocking
three shots. Ricky Coleman added 22 points, hitting nine-of-16 field
goal attempts. The Blazers were hampered by 22 turnovers in the
contest, but owned a 39-31 advantage in rebounding.
Daniels scored 25 points to lead the Wolves while Harper tallied 23 and
Hundley 14. West Georgia shot 43.3 percent (29-of-67) from the floor in
the game, but hit 18-of-33 shots (54.5 percent) in the decisive second
half. UWG turned the ball over just 11 times in the contest and
registered 11 steals. The win marked the first for the Wolves in
Valdosta since January 29, 2000.
Valdosta State returns to action Saturday, February 16 when it
continues GSC play at North Alabama. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 p.m.