Feb 13, 2016
OXFORD, Georgia -- The West Georgia Tech Golden Knights men's basketball team cruised to a 75-62 win over the Oxford College Eagles Saturday afternoon in Oxford.
The win assures West Georgia Tech of a first-place tie in the GCAA/Region 17 final regular season standings. It also avenges a 67-56 loss to the Eagles on WGTC's home floor a couple of weeks ago.
WGTC improves to 13-13, 4-2, while Oxford falls to 14-14, 4-2.
"We worked on toughness and effort all week," WGTC head coach Niki Okolovitch said. "Those are the ingredients we have been missing all year. We know what to do and how to do it, but we haven't yet collectively realized how hard you need to play for forty minutes to win. We played our tails off in the first half."
Adrian Tolbert had a monster game, with 15 points and 16 rebounds. The conference rebounding leader is averaging 18.0 rebounds per game over his last five contests.
Jalen Bracey scored 17 points while dishing out four assists. Antonio Smith also scored 17, a career-high for the freshman, on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Cameron Carter scored ten points to round out the double-figure scoring for West Georgia Tech.
Dominique Lindsey, still not a hundred percent following a wrist injury, dished out eight assists while scoring seven points. Lindsey hauled in eight rebounds while playing the point guard position.
West Georgia Tech jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the early going while holding Oxford to just one bucket in the first eight minutes of the game.
The Eagles then went on a 13-2 run to get to within three at the 9:15 mark.
Oxford would get no closer, with the Golden Knights closing the half on a 21-12 run to take a 39-24 lead at the half.
The Eagles were able to get the deficit to single digits on a couple of occasions in the second half, but each time West Georgia Tech answered with runs.
With 4:00 left in the game, the Golden Knights were up by 13.
The Golden Knights hit 26 of 62 shots from the field (41.9 percent), 3 of 8 from three-point range (37.5 percent) and 20 of 30 from the free throw line (66.7 percent).
West Georgia Tech closes the regular season at home Monday night against Summer Hill Prep on Sophomore Night. WGTC will recognize its four sophomores just prior to tip off, which is set for approximately 7:30 p.m.
WGTC will then turn its attention to the GCAA/Region 17 Tournament, held next weekend at Oxford College. The Golden Knights will find out their opponent Saturday night or Sunday, following a tie-breaker to seed the teams one through four.
"We'll find out who we play and next week we will continue to dial up drills to remind us how intense we need to play. We will roll it out there Saturday and see what happens," Okolovitch said.
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