UWF men make 27-0 run for second-half comeback

By Brooke Weber
Staff Writer
The University of West Florida’s men’s basketball team beat the University of West Georgia on Saturday 97-89 after a second-half comeback at the UWF Field House.

West Florida was down 50-38 at the half before they made a 27-0 run against West Georgia that allowed them to secure the eight-point win.

Head Coach Jeff Berkhamer said the team struggled in the first half from being on the road for three games, and that classes starting back were reasons the team felt stuck in the mud in the first half.

Freshman Darryl Tucker shoots a free throw after being fouled by the Wolves in the first half. Photo by Brooke Weber.

Berkhamer said the team didn’t give a great effort like they have given throughout the year.

“So at halftime I said I can’t coach effort,” Berkhamer said. “We can coach execution and a lot of other things, but who is this team?”

Berkhamer said he left the guys to talk about it themselves.

“We came in as a team without coach in the locker room and talked amongst ourselves, and came to the conclusion we have to get back on defense,” junior guard Marvin Jones said. “That’s the only reason they were up.”

UWF’s defense held West Georgia to 0-for-9 from the floor and five turnovers.

Jones said the defense allowed the 27-0 point run, and that they converted those turnovers into points.

The Argos’ defense was not the only improvement in the second half. The team’s field goal percentage in the second half was 52.6 percent, compared to the 36.1 percent in the first half. The team scored 21 more points in the second half and made four more assists than in the first half.

Berkhamer said he couldn’t get one of the 13 men to get excited in the first half.

“The second half we got going a little bit,” Berkhamer said. “Jason (Laatsch) got the big three at the top of the key, and that was probably the shot that set it in motion to get to 27-0.”

Senior Austin Somerfield makes a basket in the first half when UWF was down 23-27. Photo by Brooke Weber.

Senior forward Austin Somerfield made 23 points in the game, 15 of which were in the second half. Senior guard Jason Laatsch made 19 points with a shooting performance of 5-for-11.

Jones made a career high of 26 points, which ties the highest single-game total for any Argo so far this season, GoArgos.com reports.

“We are a great team,” Jones said. “This is a great group of guys, and if we come out and play UWF basketball and buy into what Coach is saying, this could be an amazing season.”

The women’s team also scored a win Saturday against West Georgia, finishing the game 63-57.

The Argos have a break before they host Mississippi College, beginning with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. and then men’s at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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