CARROLLTON, Ga. - After a double-digit win on Saturday evening at The Coliseum, the West Georgia Wolves will continue the 2017-18 Gulf South Conference schedule on Monday evening, taking on the Delta State Statesmen in the second of three-straight home games. The doubleheader was originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., but has been switched to have the women's game begin at 4 p.m. and the men's game at 6 p.m.
SPECIAL FOR MONDAY
UWG Athletics will continue a "Home for the Holidays" theme on Monday evening, encouraging fans to wear their favorite tacky holiday sweater. There will be a photo booth backdrop set up on the concourse level, and Wolfie will be at the photo booth in-between games to take holiday photos with fans. Tickets for the game are $8 at the UWG Athletics Online Ticket Portal until two hours prior to the game. Walk-up ticket prices will be $12. UWG students, faculty, and staff are free with a valid UWG ID, and kids under 10 will receive complimentary admission to the Home for the Holidays games.
THE RECORDS AND LAST GAME OUT
West Georgia comes into Monday's game against Delta State with a 4-4 record on the year and a 1-2 spot against Gulf South Conference competition. The Wolves used a 16-2 run to close out the first half on Saturday to pick up the first GSC victory of the season, 93-82 over the Mississippi College Choctaws. Delta State enters Monday's competition with a 4-7 record on the year and a 2-1 recod against GSC opponents. The Statesmen won their second league game of the year on Saturday, besting Auburn-Montgomery by a 71-64 count on the road.
WOLVES STRONG OFFENSIVELY AGAINST MC
With Paul Turner in the lineup for the first time this season, fans got a glimpse of what the Wolves will be capable of for the remainder of the season on Saturday. Turner and Marquill Smith each had a double-double, with Smith leading the way with 27 points and 12 rebounds and Turner putting up 26 points and 12 rebounds. Karlos Odum had 16 points and six boards in the game and Aren Ulmer had a strong outing with nine points and seven assists against the Choctaws.
ULMER WITH THE ACROBATICS
Junior guard Aren Ulmer has taken a leadership role this season as the only player returning with GSC experience from last season, and he was a catalyst to get the offense rolling for the Wolves on Saturday. The California native had seven assists in the game, with one coming on an amazing play. Marquill Smith knocked the ball away and it looked to be going out of bounds. But Ulmer hustled over and threw the ball down court while falling out of bounds. The pass landed right in front of Smith, who was streaking to the hoop for a lay-in.
UWG LEADERS IN THE GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE
Smith is the third-leading scorer in the GSC this season thus far, averaging 21.3 points per game on the year. The Miami Gardens, Fla. native has scored at least 20 points in five of his seven games so far this season, including a season-high 33 against Augusta on November 18. He is also fifth in the league in rebounding, averaging 8.7 boards per game. He has three double-doubles on the year. Ulmer is fifth in the league in assists, averaging 4.8 assists per game on the year.
DSU LEADERS IN THE GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE
The top two players for the Statsemen in Gulf South Conference statistics are Armen Benford and P.J. Davis. Benford is third in the league in steals, averaging 1.8 steals per game this season. Davis is second in the conference in blocks, averaging 1.8 blocks per game thus far. Junior guard Brett Warner leads the way for the Statesmen with 16.4 points per game , and he has hit 25-of-73 from three-point range.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
The biggest matchup to watch on Monday evening should be between Karlos Odum of West Georgia and PJ Davis of Delta State. Odum showed a propensity for blocked shots on Saturday with three blocks against a much bigger team. He is an inch taller than Davis, who has 22 blocks on the year. With two shot blockers, the team that can stay out of foul trouble will have the upper hand in the paint.