CARROLLTON, Ga. - West Georgia basketball is set for a fantastic evening at The Coliseum on Thursday, as the Wolves return home after a more than two-week hiatus, taking on the Union Bulldogs on Recreation Night with the Wolves. The women's game will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the men's game to begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. 

RECREATION NIGHT
All local recreation basketball players and cheerleaders are welcome to wear your uniform to Thursday's game with the Bulldogs as a part of Recreation Night with the Wolves. Youth league players and cheerleaders will receive free admission to the game when wearing your jersey, so represent your team in The Coliseum, and there will be some fun games and prizes on the floor during halftime of both games. 

TICKET PRICING (THURSDAY vs. Union)
Advance General Admission: $8
Walk-Up General Admission: $10
Advance Reserved Chairback: $13
Walk-Up Reserved Chairback: $15
UWG Faculty/Staff: Free +1
UWG Students: Free
Children Under 5: Free
Youth League Basketball Jersey/Cheer Uniform: Free  

THE RECORDS
West Georgia comes into the Game 18 of the 2018-19 season with an 11-6 record overall on the year and a 6-3 mark in Gulf South Conference play. The Wolves are 8-2 over the last 10 games with two wins in the past three games. Union comes into the game with a 10-8 record overall on the year and a 5-5 record against GSC opponents. In the past 10 games, the Bulldogs are 5-5 but have lost two of their last three.  
LAST TIME OUT
Saturday was a tough road matchup for the Wolves, as West Georgia finished the three-game road swing with an 83-51 loss at the hands of the West Florida Argonauts. Freshman Deng Nhial led UWG in scoring in the game, accounting for 13 points. The Union Bulldogs are coming off of an 81-62 victory over Mississippi College, with Terrandus Smith leading the way with 19 points. 
SCORING BATTLE THURSDAY
Thursday’s game will be the second in seven days where two top-10 scorers will go head-to-head in a game featuring the West Georgia Wolves. This week’s battle will pit a pair of 6-4 guards who are averaging more than 15 points per game this season. West Georgia’s Marquill Smith leads the Gulf South Conference in scoring, averaging 24.5 points per game. Smith became the 11th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point mark this past weekend, and he has been named GSC Player of the Week Twice. Union’s Terrandus Smith has scored in double figures 12 times this season and is sixth in the conference in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game. 
FRESHMEN LEADERSHIP 
West Georga’s freshman class this year has been a major part of the success of the season, and head coach Dave Moore has had a freshman in the starting lineup in 12 of the 17 games thus far. The four freshmen who have seen regular play are averaging a combined 22.9 points per game, led by Jared Simmons (7.4) and Michael Zabetakis (6.9). Simmons has been named Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week twice this season and is hitting three-pointers at a 37 percent clip. 



BENCH SCORING
- Marquill Smith played his first game without a start on Saturday against West Florida, leading the Wolves in bench scoring with 12 points. West Georgia scored 28 points off the bench against the Argonauts, including seven points from Willie Barnes and six from Laperion Perry.
- Deng Nhial has started in each of the last three games, but he still holds the team lead for bench scoring, putting up 72 total points on the year. Jared Simmons has the biggest single-game total with 20 against Oakwood. 
- West Georgia received 40 points from the bench against Oakwood, the most of any game thus far this season.  

THREE-POINT SHOOTING
- Two of the top-10 shooters in the Gulf  South Conference in three-point shooting reside on the Wolves’ roster this year, led by senior Marquill Smith, who has hit 38 percent from beyond the arc. 
- Marquill Smith has hit 52 three-pointers thus far on the season, and his biggest single game from beyond the arc came in a 32-point outburst last Thursday against Valdosta State when he hit 6-of-9 against the Blazers. 
- The most three-pointers in a game for the Wolves this season came from Greg James on November 17, when he hit 7-of-11 of his shots from long range. 

GSC WEEKLY AWARDS
- Jared Simmons has been GSC Freshman of the Week twice along with Marquill Smith earning GSC Player of the Week twice.  
- Simmons was named Freshman of the Week on December 11 for the first time, then earned the title for a second time on January 8.
- January 8 was a banner day for the Wolves, as Smith was also named as GSC Player of the Week on that day. He earned the title first on November 27. He has six double-doubles this season and has scored 20 points in 15 of the Wolves’ 17 games. 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
- Marquill Smith is leading the GSC in both scoring (24.5) and rebounding (8.4), scoring 32 points against Valdosta State on Thursday evening.  
- Senior Aren Ulmer leads the Gulf South Conference in steals, averaging 2.4 steals per game this season. He had five steals against Valdosta State last week. 
- Sitting out against Lee pushed Smith to second in free-throws made, and he currently has 82 on the year. He is tied for the highest single-game free-throws attempted on the year, as he had 16 free-throw attempts against Palm Beach Atlantic in the season opener. 

TOP TEAM CATEGORIES
- West Georgia scored 87 points against Valdosta State on Thursday evening to move to 6-2 in Gulf South Conference play. The Wolves are now averaging 74.6 points per game on the year, which is good for fifth in the GSC.   
- West Georgia leads the league in steals, averaging 8.71 per game after 10 steals against VSU on Thursday. 
- The Wolves are second in the GSC in blocked shots (3.0) and are fifth in the league three-point field goal defense (.328).  




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