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Flames fizzle to West Georgia 96-72

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CLEVELAND, TN (GoLeeFlames.com)--The University of West Georgia Wolves were howling when they entered Walker Arena on Saturday afternoon and those sounds were even louder after they pinned a convincing 96-72 defeat on the Lee men's basketball team.

Led by a pair of NCAA Division 1 transfers, the visitors from Carrollton wasted no time in building a 48-31 lead by halftime. The Flames mounted a comeback early in the second half but West Georgia quickly wiped out any hopes of a Lee victory with a sparkling performance on the offensive end.

The balanced Wolves were paced by Deonta Stocks, a transfer from the University of Georgia. He finished with a game high 19 points. Point guard Alex Abreu, a transfer from the University of Akron, followed with 13 points and four assists. All totaled West Georgia placed six players in double-figure scoring as coach Michael Cooney freely used at least a 10-player rotation.

Emory Bernard, Marcus Dortch and Taylor Cochran tallied 12 points apiece in the victory, while Deontre Brown came off the bench and totaled 10 points. The Wolves shot 55 percent from the field (36-of-65), 54 percent from 3-point range (13-of-24) and slipped to 65 percent from the free-throw line (11-of-17).

"They have four outstanding guards and they all can score the basketball," noted Lee coach Tommy Brown. "When you are playing a team that has six different players make 3-point shots, they are pretty hard to defend. It seemed like every time we made a run, they would step up and knock down a 3-pointer."

The Wolves also committed only six turnovers the entire afternoon, while the Flames were guilty of 19 floor mistakes. "I didn't feel good about this game," admitted Brown. "We didn't have a great week of practice and it was hard to prepare a good game plan for a team with this type of talent. We were a little passive on the defensive end and you can't commit that many turnovers and expect to beat an excellent basketball team. I think this is the worst we have been beaten in my tenure at Lee."

The Flames shot a respectable 56 percent from the field (27-of-48). They attempted only 10 treys and knocked down four (40 percent). For the first time this year, Brown's unit struggled at the charity stripe hitting just 14-of-24 (58 percent).

The consistent Cory Billingsley paced the Flames with a 17-point effort. He also had five rebounds. Cody Farley tallied 14 markers and Tyquan Roberts was the only other Lee player in double-digit scoring with 12 points. Stedmon Ford tallied eight and Bryce Copeland pitched in with seven points. Roberts also had eight rebounds and Chad Lee pulled down seven as the Flames won the battle of the boards 30-27.

Lee dropped to 9-3 overall and 4-3 in the Gulf South Conference. West Georgia improved to 10-3 and 4-2 in league play. The Flames will have only one day to regroup before returning to action on Monday evening. The GSC doubleheader tips off with the Lee women facing West Alabama at 6 p.m. and the men will follow at 8 p.m
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