CARROLLTON, Ga. - The Gulf South Conference schedule continues on Monday evening at The Coliseum, as the West Georgia Wolves play host to the Delta State Statesmen at The Coliseum. The doubleheader will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the men's game set for 7:30 p.m.
West Georgia vs. Delta State
Women's Game: 5:30 PM
Men's Game: 7:30 PM
General Admission Tickets: $10*
Chairback Tickets: $15*
UWG Faculty/Staff: Free Admission +1 (Valid UWG ID required)
UWG Students: Free Admission (Valid UWG ID required)
Kids 5 and under: Free Admission
*$2 discount for tickets purchased online by 3:30 PM Monday
UWG Online Ticket Center
PROMOTIONAL FOR MONDAY NIGHT
Students return to campus on Sunday afternoon, and with a welcome back pep rally hosted by Housing and Residence Life, UWG Athletics announced an opportunity for a chance at $5,000 during Monday night's game against Delta State, sponsored by Carrollton Office Equipment.
Signups began at the pep rally, as one student will get the opportunity to take a 94-foot putt during halftime of the men's game against DSU, and if the putt is good, that student will win $5,000. Prior to the game, UWG Athletics will offer an additional opportunity to sign up for this putt will take place on Monday at American Pie as a part of Big Blue Monday, with sign-ups allowed from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Students may also sign up at the Guest Services table during the women's game and until tipoff of the men's game at approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday night.
It’s the middle of the season, but not too late to start looking to the Gulf South Conference tournament as the West Georgia Wolves take on the Delta State Statesmen at The Coliseum Monday night. The Wolves come into the game with a 9-4 record overall on the season and a 4-1 record in Dave Moore’s first season at the helm of the program. Head coach Jim Boone and his Statesmen are 8-4 on the year and 4-1 in the GSC.
LAST TIME OUT
West Georgia had a solid return to Gulf South Conference play on Saturday against Mississippi College, using a stifling defense to come from behind in the second half to take a 72-59 victory. The Wolves allowed the Choctaws to shoot just 1-for-15 from the three-point line in the win. Delta State moved to 4-1 as well in the GSC with a 66-57 victory over the Shorter Hawks on the road on Saturday. Three Statesmen scored in double-figures, led by Brett Warner with 18 to pace the victory.
SMITH BIDS FOR ALL-AMERICAN
Senior guard Marquill Smith is putting up an All-American caliber season this year, as he leads the Gulf South Conference with 26.3 points per game, a number that also puts him in the top-10 among scorers in the nation. He also leads the league in rebounding, averaging 8.7 boards per game. Smith has six double-doubles on the year, including hitting for 20 points and pulling 11 rebounds Saturday against Mississippi College. Five of his six double-doubles this season have happened in the past six games, including when he scored 32 of the Wolves’ 60 points and pulled 10 rebounds against West Alabama on December 17.
TRENDING IN THE BOX SCORE
The Wolves have trailed at halftime three times in Gulf South Conference play this season, coming from behind in two of those three for a victory. The first was on the road at Alabama Huntsville, as West Georgia outscored the Chargers 48-37 in the second half after trailing at halftime by a 41-36 score. Against Mississippi College on Saturday, the Wolves trailed 33-28 before shooting 53 percent from the field and going on a 44-26 second-half run to take their fourth victory of the GSC schedule this season.
-Head coach Dave Moore has had a switch-up in his lineup in the past two games, bringing Jared Simmons in off the bench as a sixth-man, and the freshman has not disappointed, scoring 35 points in those two games, and he is 6-for-14 from three-point range in the last two games.
- Simmons has scored 41 points now off the bench this season, including a high for any player this season with 20 against Oakwood. Deng Nhial leads the team with 67 total points off the bench.
- West Georgia received 40 points from the bench against Oakwood, the most of any game thus far this season.
- The Wolves have now hit 90 three-pointers through the first 13 games of the season.
- The past two Gulf South Conference victories have seen the UWG perimeter take a step in the direction of being elite. In those games combined, the Wolves allowed 4-of-35 from the three-point line and are now second in the GSC in opponent three-point percentage.
- The most three-pointers in a game for the Wolves this season thus far came one week apart from each other. Greg James hit 7-for-11 on November 17. Marquill Smith has hit five three-pointers in a game three times this season.
GSC WEEKLY AWARDS
- Jared Simmons became the second UWG player to win a weekly award in early December, as he was named GSC Freshman of the Week. Marquill Smith was named Player of the Week on November 27.
- Smith is narrowing in on becoming the 11th player in West Georgia basketball history to score 1,000 points in a career. He comes into Saturday’s game with 947 total points, needing 53 points to break that threshold.
- Marquill Smith is leading the GSC in both scoring (26.8) and rebounding (8.7), while Aren Ulmer leads the league in steals, averaging 2.6 steals per game.
Smith has scored 20 points in all 13 of the Wolves contests thus far this season and now has six double-doubles on the year after 20 points and 11 rebounds against Mississippi College Saturday.
- Smith has done a solid job of getting to the free-throw line this season, in fact going to the line 18 more times than the next three shooters, who each have one more game played on the year. Smith has made 75-of-105 from the charity stripe. His free-throws made is the most in the GSC, and his free-throw percentage (.714) is third.
TOP TEAM CATeGORIES
- West Georgia has been third in the league in scoring offense for the past four games, averaging 77.6 points per game on the year. The Wolves lead the GSC in blocked shots and steals through the first 13 games.
= The Wolves have allowed less than 20 percent from three-point range in the past three games, moving to second in opponent percentage from long-range at .307.