CARROLLTON, Ga. -Coming off of a huge home victory over Auburn Montgomery on Tuesday night, the West Georgia Wolves kick off a tough home weekend on Saturday with the North Alabama Lions coming to town for the final regular season game between the two programs in The Coliseum. Tip-off for the doubleheader is at 2 p.m. for the women’s game, with the men’s game to follow at 4 p.m.
Last Time Out
The West Georgia Wolves won their second-straight home game with a 100-point night, taking down Auburn Montgomery 103-100 in a nailbiter at The Coliseum. Paul Turner hit for 32 points en route to the seventh victory of the season for UWG Basketball. For North Alabama, the Lions split this past weekend against Union and Christian Brothers, winning 82-78 over the Bulldogs and falling 81-67 to the Bucs in Florence, Ala.
Individuals in the Gulf South Conference
A 25-point effort for Marquill Smith against Auburn Montgomery moved the junior into third place among GSC scorers, as he averages 20-2 points per game on the year. William Sides is also in the top-10 in the league, averaging 17.8. Aren Ulmer is thrd in the conference in assists, averaging 5.2 per game, and he has averaged eight assists per game over the past three contests.
The UWG Lineup
Since the lineup for the Wolves has been in a more regular rotation, the Wolves are averaging 99.3 points per game. Head coach Michael Cooney has had William Sides, Aren Ulmer, Paul Turner, Marquill Smith and Karlos Odum as a starting five for four straight games and the Wolves have yet to score less than 85 points in that span. In fact, four of the five starters have had at least one game with 25 points scored this year, and three have had more than 30 in a single game.
Matchup To Watch
Five diffrent players average double-figures for the Lions, and none of those five are taller than 6-3 on the roster. That matchup works well with the Wolves, who have three starters of 6-3 or greater. What it amounts to is two teams that like to run. If West Georgia’s top scorers can have a game like Tuesday’s against AUM, the matchups favor the Wolves.