CARROLLTON, Ga. – Senior Day for the UWG men’s basketball team was spoiled by the Alabama Huntsville Chargers as UWG fell to UAH 83-72 at The Coliseum on Thursday to wrap up the 2018-19 regular season.
West Georgia finishes the regular season 17-11 overall with a 12-8 mark in Gulf South Conference play and will receive the sixth seed in this year's Gulf South Conference tournament, setting up a rematch between the Wolves and Chargers on Super Tuesday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. (EST)
Both teams were very sharp offensively in the first half, as the Wolves and Charger each shot over 50 percent with UAH hitting at a 62.5 percent clip while UWG ended the half with a 55.2 percent mark from the field.
UAH had the advantage in three-point shooting, pouring in six long-range field goals to just three from the Wolves. Marquill Smith had two of those three-pointers as he led all scorers at the break with 13.
The Wolves led by as much as nine points in the half, but the Chargers would chip away and ultimately end the half on a 7-0 run to take a 42-38 lead into the halftime break.
Alabama Huntsville came right out of the gate and got the lead to double-figures at the 18:12 mark of the final half as JJ Kaplan’s layup made it 48-38, Chargers. By the under-12 media timeout, the deficit had grown to 15, but the Wolves came right back on a 6-0 run to get it back to single digits as Smith hit back-to-back buckets on the offensive end.
Coming out of the under-eight media timeout, the Chargers went on a 7-0 run to push their lead to 17 with just under six and a half left. West Georgia would cut it to as little as 10 in the final minutes of the game, but that’s as close as the Wolves would get.
It’s only fitting that Marquill Smith would get 30 points in his final game at The Coliseum as the senior finished with 32 to go with four rebounds.
Aren Ulmer and Willie Barnes both scored in double-figures with Ulmer scoring 13 in his final appearance at The Coliseum with Barnes adding 12.