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
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.