CARROLLTON, Ga. - After a quick turn into conference play, the West Georgia Wolves will return to non-conference action on Tuesday night, taking on the Morehouse Maroon Tigers at Forbes Arena in Atlanta, with a tipoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The Wolves have had an unfortunate start the to 2019-20 season, as head coach Dave Moore and his staff have worked hard to prep a relatively new team through the early part of the season. West Georgia has come close in the last two meetings, falling 92-85 against sixth-ranked Queens last Wednesday, then losing 92-83 in overtime at 11th-ranked Alabama Huntsville on Saturday.
HOLDING A LEAD
West Georgia has been solid for the bulk of the last two contests, leading a total of 57 of the 90 minutes in the past two contests. In both games, a top-15 opponent has pushed through for a lead late, then held on for the victory.
JONES DOUBLES UP IN RETURN
Kadeim Jones missed the Wolves' contest against Queens last Wednesday due to an injury, as he suffered a slight injury in the previous game against Clayton State where he had 21 points and 10 rebounds. After missing the Queens game, he picked up right where he left off with his second double-double of the season against Alabama Huntsville this past Saturday, scoring 15 points and pulling 10 boards. It was the first game where he failed to score 20 points this season, but he leads the Wolves and is third in the GSC with a 20.2 points per game average.
TATE CONTINUES STRONG IN THE PAINT
Kovi Tate continued his strong start to the season with a 20-point, four-rebound effort against Alabama Huntsville on Saturday. The junior has had three double-doubles this season and is second on the team with 19.3 points per game and leads the team with 9.2 rebounds per game. He is fourth in the conference in scoring and fifth in rebounding.
THE GORDON CONNECTION
West Georgia's two players from Gordon State College have been strong through the first six games of the season. Seth Brown-Carter and Oronte' Anderson are tied for third on the team with 12.7 points per game on the season. Brown-Carter has had double-digit scoring in five of the first six contests, including a season-high in each of the last two games. He scored 18 against Queens, then poured in 19 against UAH. Anderson is third in the conference in assists with 5.2 per game and has at least three assists in each game this season. Anderson has also had his two solid scoring outputs in the last two games, scoring 25 against Queens and 17 against Alabama Huntsville.
The Wolves can point to defense when looking for ways to gain in the standings, as West Georgia has given up at least 85 points in each of the losses this season while allowing jsut 69 points in the win. Against Queens, the defense was stellar in the first half, allowing the Royals just 28 percent shooting from the floor, but Queens came back with 60 points in the second half to take the win.