CARROLLTON, Ga. - The Gulf South Conference schedule comes to The Coliseum on Monday evening, as the West Georgia Wolves play host to the Shorter Hawks in a GSC doubleheader, the first of the season at home. First tip for the women's game is set for 5:30 p.m., with the men to follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game.
PROMOTIONAL FOR MONDAY'S GAME
Junior Wolves Event
Join Us Monday for holiday cookie decorating with our Junior Wolves! All kids (12-under) are welcome to participate and decorate a gingerbread cookie between games!
UWG Faculty: Free plus 1
UWG Staff: Free plus 1
UWG Students: Free
*All Students/Faculty/Staff must have a valid UWG ID for entry
General Admission - $10
Reserved Chairback - $15
*Purchase Your Tickets online up to two hours before the game for a $2 discount on each ticket
The West Georgia Wolves return home after a triumphant beginning to the Gulf South Conference schedule Thursday, sporting a 4-3 record overall and a 1-0 mark in league play after an 84-78 victory over the Chargers. Shorter comes into their GSC opener with a 2-3 record overall on the year. The Hawks last played on November 20 against Pensacola Christian College, and their matchup with Lee on Saturday was postponed.
HOT SECOND HALF AT UAH
Head coach Dave Moore’s squad was on fire in the second half at Alabama Huntsville last Thursday night, shooting better than 80 percent from the field in the period. The Wolves were 15-of-18 from the floor in the second half, with two of the misses coming from three-point range. For the game, UWG hit 30-of-48 from the field, a 62.5 shooting percentage in the first GSC victory for Moore.
SMITH IN THE NATIONAL POINTS RACE
Senior Marquill Smith has started the season in a tremendous way, averaging 28.1 points per game through the first seven games. He extended his streak to seven-straight games to open the season, scoring at least 20 points in each of the first seven of the year. Against Alabama Huntsville, he scored from all spots on the floor and led all scorers on the night with 34. His point totals are good for the lead in the Gulf South Conference for the second-straight season, but second place is nearly five points per game behind. He is also garnering recognition nationally, as Smith is second in the nation in scoring behind Amir Hinton of Shaw.
DISHING OUT SUCCESS
In two of the last four games, Aren Ulmer has put up some very unique numbers for the Wolves, and he has at least five assists in five of the first seven games this season. Against Benedict on November 17, Ulmer had eight assists and nine rebounds, nearly pulling off a very unusual double-double in the process. Against Johnson C. Smith on Saturday, Ulmer poured in 12 points and dished out 10 assists for his first double-double of the year. It was the first double-double with points-assists at West Georgia since the 2015 season.
- Michael Zabetakis and Deng Nhial are neck-and-neck for the team lead in points off the bench. Nhial had the top bench scoring night of the year thus far, hitting for 13 points against Johnson C. Smith on November 17.
- Zabetakis moved into the lead on Thursday and now has 29 total points off the bench this season. Nhial is second with 28, followed by Willie Barnes with 14.
The most that West Georgia has scored off the bench this season came against North Georgia on November 20 and also against Queens on November 14, when the Wolves had 19 points. Overall, UWG has scored 88 points off the bench this season out of 466 points.
- The Wolves have now hit 50 three-pointers through the first seven games of the season. In the first four victories of the year, West Georgia has hit 34 three-pointers, averaging 8.5 made three-pointers per game, compared to 5.3 per game in three losses.
- The most three-pointers in a game for the Wolves this season thus far came one week apart from each other. Greg James hit 7-for-11 on November 17, then Marquill Smith was 5-for-10 on November 24.
10 YEARS IN THE COLISEUM
- This is the 10th season in The Coliseum, and the Wolves have played 125 games on the men’s side in the facility. West Georgia is 2-0 on the year and 85-40 overall in The Coliseum.
- The biggest crowd in the history of The Coliseum for West Georgia basketball was more than 5,000 on February 18, 2012, against Valdosta State. The Wolves won that one 85-52 on a night when Gavin Field broke the UWG record for career three-pointers and joined the 1,000-point club.
- Including this year’s roster, 85 players from West Georgia have played on the floor at The Coliseum in the 125-game history of the venue.
GSC WEEKLY AWARDS
- Marquill Smith became the first Gulf South Conference Player of the Week in the 2018-19 season for his performance this past week and was named the winner of the award on Tuesday by league officials.
- Smith is narrowing in on becoming the 14th player in West Georgia basketball history to score 1,000 points in a career. He comes into Monday’s game with 822 total points, needing 178 points to break that threshold.
YOU KEEP WHAT YOU TAKE
- Two UWG starters are among the top of the Gulf South Conference in steals heading into the second GSC matchup of the year. Aren Ulmer leads the league with 2.4 per game and Marquill Smith is sixth with 1.7 per game.
- Through the first seven games of the year, Ulmer has at least one steal in every game, with a single-game high of five in the opener against Palm Beach Atlantic. He had three against Benedict and Johnson C. Smith as well.
TOP TEAM CATEGORIES
- West Georgia moved into the top three in the Gulf South Conference in three-point field goal defense with the win on Thursday, and the Wolves come into this week with .331 three-point shooting percentage for opponents on the year.
- The steals category is a big contributor to that statistic, as UWG is picking up 8.29 steals per game as a team. That is driven by the combo of Ulmer and Smith, who are averaging more than four steals per game combined on the year.