CARROLLTON, Ga. - The first game for head coach Dave Moore at The Coliseum was a resounding success on Saturday evening, as the Wolves hit 13 three-pointers en route to a double-digit victory over the Benedict Tigers. 

The win moves the Wolves to 2-2 on the season and gives Moore a 1-0 record in The Coliseum. 

"We are really disappointed with the start, getting down like we did early in the game," Moore said. "But over the last 30 minutes, we really competed and did the little things that we need to do to be successful, and it paid off."

In the first half against the Tigers, West Georgia opened with a cold streak, as Benedict was off to the races with a 10-0 run in the first two minutes of the contest. The run for Benedict continued, and with 15:33 left in the first half, the Tigers held a 17-2 advantage.


Over the next seven minutes, the Wolves went on a 21-6 run, and a three-pointer from Greg James at the 8:45 mark of the half produced the first tie of the game at 23-23. West Georgia continued that run into halftime, and a Taj Fraley layup at the buzzer gave the Wolves a 42-33 lead heading into the locker rooms.

On the final play of the half, Aren Ulmer forced the ball free from a Benedict player and out-hustled him to the ball, then connected with Fraley while sitting on the floor, allowing Fraley a breakaway layup at the buzzer.

Forward Gerald Blount was stellar in the first half, nearly picking up his first double-double at West Georgia in just 20 minutes of action, leading the Wolves with 15 points and nine rebounds. Greg James was 4-for-4 from three-point range in the half and scored 14 points.

Over the next seven minutes, the Wolves continued to shoot well from three-point range, building a 58-43 lead with 13:15 left in the game. At that point in the contest, West Georgia, led by a 6-of-8 effort from James, hit a total of 10 three-pointers while building the 15-point advantage. Over the next seven minutes, the Wolves built as much as a 19-point advantage, and with 7:33 left in the game, UWG led 69-51. 

Senior Marquill Smith scored 29 and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the offensive attack. Greg James hit a career-high 7-of-11 from three-point range in the contest, scoring 24. Ulmer nearly had a double-double, dishing out eight assists and pulling down nine rebounds. 

The Wolves will be on the road on Tuesday evening at North Georgia then will take on Johnson C. Smith in a holiday weekend battle at The Coliseum on Saturday, November 24 at 4:00 p.m. 


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