CARROLLTON, Ga. - Saturday was just a short stop at home for head coach Dave Moore and the West Georgia men's basketball team, and the Wolves will return to the road on Tuesday evening, taking on the North Georgia Nighthawks in non-conference action at 7 p.m. in Dahlonega.
West Georgia comes into the midweek tilt with a 2-2 record on the year after a solid victory over Benedict on Saturday evening. The Wolves fought their way back from a 17-2 deficit to lead by nearly 20 points in the second half en route to an 83-69 win in Moore's debut as head coach in The Coliseum. North Georgia has also played four games this year, and the Nighthawks come into Tuesday evening with a 3-1 record and on a three-game winning streak, including a 77-74 road victory at another Gulf South Conference school, Lee.
The story of the season thus far has been the stellar play of senior guard Marquill Smith, who is averaging 27.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game through the first four games of the year. Smith was on fire in the second half against Benedict, pouring in 22 points and 11 rebounds en route to a 29-point, 16-rebound effort. The game was the 22nd of his career with 20 or more points, and it was his eighth double-double at UWG.
THE ENTIRE CAST
Basketball is a team game, and one man can't do it all. That is the bigger story of the first four games of the year. Smith has been strong, but the play of the entire team has been paramount to the success on the court. Three Wolves scored in double-figures against Palm Beach Atlantic in the season-opening win, and the next time that more than two scored in double-figures was Saturday against Benedict. Sophomore Greg James was on fire from three-point range, burying a personal-best seven three-pointers en route to a 24-point night, also a personal high. Forward Gerald Blount was close to a double-double as well, netting 17 points and pulling down nine rebounds in the game.
DISHING OUT SUCCESS
One of the most unique stats of the win against Benedict likely came from senior point guard Aren Ulmer, who entered Saturday’s contest with an average of five assists and 3.3 rebounds per contest. He did slightly better, nearly pulling off a very unique double-double in the process. Ulmer scored just two points against the Tigers, but pulled down nine rebounds and dished out eight assists.