January 7, 2003
Valdosta State head coach Jim Yarbrough hoped to catch a rebuilding West Georgia team before they found the Braves found themselves.
It looks like the Blazers were too late.
West Georgia pulled down 19 offensive rebounds in a 78-58 win over Valdosta State Tuesday night at the Braves HPE Building in Carrollton.
It was the first meeting between these two rivals since West Georgia beat Valdosta State the N.C.A.A. Division II South Regionals last March. That game came one week after the Braves won the Gulf South Conference championship by beating--you guessed it-Valdosta State in the tournament championship game.
In fact, three of Valdosta State's eight losses last year were to West Georgia.
Jonathan James led the Braves with 21 points and Rob Neal, who was 3-3 from behind three point line, added 16 points as West Georgia (8-5, 1-2 GSC) avoided an 0-3 start in conference play.
Reggie Leggett led Valdosta State (11-2, 1-1 GSC) with 16 points.
The Blazers will have plenty of time to recover since their next game is Monday night against Lincoln Memorial at the VSU complex.
West Georgia 60 Valdosta St. 53 OT women
Tai Wilson scored 16 points and Quamesha McDowell added 14 as the Lady Braves rallied to hand Valdosta State their first conference loss in overtime 60-53.
VSU's Courtney Parker led all scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Blazers (7-6, 2-1 GSC) will host Mississippi University for Women Saturday at 2pm.