CARROLLTON, Ga. - Marquill Smith scored at least 20 points for the ninth-straight game on Thursday evening at The Coliseum, leading the West Georgia Wolves to a 92-59 victory over the Point Skyhawks.
West Georgia opened the contest with six unanswered points before Point went on an 8-2 run to tie the game early at 8-8. Just three minutes after that point, the Wolves stretched their lead to double-figures for the first time on the night with a Michael Zabetakis jumper that completed a 10-0 run to make the score 18-8.
Paced by 14 first-half points from Smith, the Wolves led by as much as 17 in the opening half, and after shooting 51.4 percent from the field, carried a 14-point advantage heading into the halftime break. A free-throw from senior guard Aren Ulmer put the Wolves up 48-34 as the teams headed to the locker rooms.
In the second half, the Wolves came out of the break on fire with a 13-0 run to build a 61-34 lead with 15:58 left in the contest. West Georgia's lead reached 37 points and head coach Dave Moore called off the hunt as Point cut the lead to 33 at the final horn.
Nearly every regular in the game scored in double-figures, led by 22 points and 13 rebounds from Smith in his third double-double of the season and 11th at West Georgia. He also set a personal best in the game, scoring at least 20 points for the ninth-straight game, one more than his longest such streak in 2017-18. Gerald Blount scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds on the night, but had a streak broken in the game. Blount made his first five free-throws in the game, running his streak to 23-straight to open the season. He ended the night 8-of-10 from the free-throw line and is now 26-of-28 for the year from the charity stripe.
Zabetakis, a freshman, put up a career-high 14 points off the bench in the victory, followed by Ulmer and Jared Simmons, who each had 11 points. Ulmer had a solid triple-threat game, adding eight assists and five steals to the tally. Simmons has now scored in double-figures in the last four games, all starts for the freshman. He was 3-for-6 on the night from three-point range, giving him four straight games with at least three made shots from long range.
The win moves West Georgia to 6-3 on the year heading into final exams for the fall semester. The Wolves will be off until Saturday, December 15, when UWG will return to the road in Gulf South Conference play against the Montevallo Falcons.