CARROLLTON, Ga. - A midweek non-conference matchup awaits the West Georgia Wolves on Wednesday evening in South Carolina, as head coach Dave Moore and his squad look to get into the win column against the Benedict Tigers.
Tipoff for Wednesday night's contest is set for 7:00 p.m. from the HRC Arena in Columbia, SC. The Wolves started the season 0-2 at the GSC/SSC Challenge at The Coliseum last weekend, losing 85-60 to Embry-Riddle in the opener on Friday. Saturday afternoon saw West Georgia come from behind against Palm Beach Atlantic to force overtime, but the Wolves fell just short with an 87-86 loss to the Sailfish.
Junior forward Kovi Tate had a solid weekend introducing himself to the West Georgia fan base. The McDonough native scored 10 points with five rebounds in the opener against Embry-Riddle. Against Palm Beach Atlantic, Tate was dominant, scoring 27 points and pulling down 16 rebounds to lead the Wolves in both categories.
Another junior newcomer showed promise in the opening weekend, as Kadeim Jones averaged 22.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in his first weekend with the Wolves. Jones was 6-for-13 from three-point range and hit 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. He led the team in scoring against Embry-Riddle with 21 points, then scored 24 against Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday.
Three players averaged double-figures in the first two games, with junior newcomer Oronte’ Anderson putting up 10.5 points per game on the weekend. Against Palm Beach Atlantic, Anderson was dynamic, scoring 19 points and dishing out nine assists in the loss. The Savannah native averaged 6.5 assists per game on the weekend.
UWG SCORING LEADERS
• The top two scorers overall in the first weekend were Kadeim Jones and Kovi Tate. Jones was solid all-around, hitting 6-of-13 from three-point range while shooting 90 percent from the free-throw line on a 9-of-10 shooting weekend in the GSC/SSC Challenge.
• Tate had a double-figure game in the opener against Embry-Riddle with 10 points, but he exploded in Saturday’s game against Palm Beach Atlantic. In that one, Tate hit for 27 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead the Wolves in both categories.
AROUND THE HORN LEADERS
• Jones and Oronte’ Anderson were the only players to average more than 30 minutes per game in the first weekend. Jones averaged 36.5 minutes per game while Anderson averaged 33.0. Anderson played all but two minutes in the Palm Beach Atlantic game and Jones played 40 minutes in that contest.
• One more player had a double-figure scoring night in the first weekend, and that was junior newcomer Seth Brown-Carter, who scored 11 points against Embry-Riddle in the opener. Brown-Carter averaged 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for the first two contests of the 2019 season.
• Sophomore guard Michael Zabetakis had a good performance in Game 2 against Palm Beach Atlantic. The Cumming native hit 2-for-3 from three-point range in that contest, scoring eight points. He also had five assists, four rebounds, and two blocks.
• Freshman Rodney Wiley made the most of his time on the court in his first weekend of collegiate basketball. He played 17 minutes against Embry-Riddle, scoring four points and dishing three assists. He averaged 2.0 assists for the weekend.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
• Size will be one thing to watch in this one on Wednesday. The top two scorers for the Tigers are 6-8 and 6-10, respectively. That likely led to a lopsided rebounding total, as Benedict outrebounded their first two opponents by an average of 44.0 to 33.5 rebounds per game. Kovi Tate and Karlos Odum will play a big role in the Wolves’ success on the boards.
• But as much as rebounding is a key, the speed of West Georgia may be difficult for a bigger team like Benedict to handle. In that case, Oronte’ Anderson will be a huge key for the Wolves on Wednesday evening in Columbia.