UWA still searching for conference win

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 28, 2004

PENSACOLA, FL- Cliff Mathis connected on 5-of-9 shots from long range on his way to scoring a team leading 17 points, however West Alabama was unable to pick up its first GSC win of the season, falling to West Florida (12-6, 4-2 GSC) by the score of 81-60 on Monday evening.

The Tigers shot just over 33 percent from the field in the opening half, while UWF made 15-of-31 field goals (48.4 percent), as the Argonauts ran out to a 41-23 lead at intermission. West Alabama came out strong in the second half, cutting the West Florida lead to as little as seven, but could never take the lead away from the Argos.

Adam Ruffin scored 14 points for UWA on 6-of-9 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Freshman Jared Hembree also scored 12 points, while teammate Joseph Baker scored 10 points. Kendall Joseph dished out a game-high six assists for the Tigers.

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Kendrick Johnson led five Argos in double figures with 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting in addition to 10 rebounds. Kashif Russell scored 14 points, while teammate Josh Sullivan chipped in with 13 points and a pair of steals.

The Tigers move to 3-16 overall (0-6 in GSC play). West Alabama returns to action on Saturday when Montevallo comes to Pruitt Hall for a 7:30 p.m. tip off.