CARROLLTON, Ga. - Head coach Dave Moore and the West Georgia men's basketball team return to the floor after a holiday weekend on Monday evening in Columbus, Ga., taking on the Columbus State Cougars in non-conference action.
West Georgia comes into Monday's matchup after a huge victory last Tuesday in Atlanta moved the Wolves to 2-5 on the year through the first seven games. Columbus State has not played since November 23, and the Cougars come into the week with a 3-2 record overall so far on the year.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolves closed out a tough three-game gamut against teams that were ranked nationally in the 2019-20 preseason, besting Morehouse 75-73 at Forbes Arena in Atlanta. That three-game run featured two teams that have seen the top-10 in the national polls, falling 92-85 at home to then #6 Queens and current #8 Alabama Huntsville on the road 92-83 in an overtime battle in the Gulf South Conference opener. The Cougars last played on November 23, beating Tuskegee in Columbus by a 76-67 count.
The Morehouse victory was a breath of fresh air for the Wolves, a team that held double-digit leads against nationally-ranked opponents in the past three games. Against all three, late rallies from the opponents were the difference in the game, but West Georgia pushed forward late against Morehouse. The Maroon Tigers rallied in the final 10 minutes, erasing a double-digit lead to take a 70-69 lead with 1:37 left in the game. Sophomore Michael Zabetakis came up big after that with several big plays and big shots to push the Wolves back out in front to take the road victory.
West Georgia comes into the eighth game of the season with four players averaging double-figures, led by forward Kovi Tate, who is third in the Gulf South Conference with 19.0 points per game. Just behind Tate is guard Kadeim Jones, who is fifth in the league with 17.5 points per game on the season. Oronte' Anderson and Seth Brown-Carter are also averaging double-digits, with Anderson putting in 13.1 points per game followed by Brown-Carter at 13.0.
Jones and Tate have all of the double-doubles for the Wolves through the first eight games, as Tate leads the team with three and Jones with two. Tate has scored at least 20 points three times with a high of 27 points and 16 rebounds against Palm Beach Atlantic. Jones had 21 points and 10 rebounds against Clayton State, then followed that with 15 points and 10 boards against Alabama Huntsville for his double-doubles. Brown Carter has flirted with a double-double, putting in 19 points with eight rebounds against UAH. Anderson had 19 points and nine assists against Palm Beach Atlantic.