Courtesy of UWG athletics
The third matchup of West Georgia’s four-game road trip comes on Thursday, as the Wolves travel to Rome to face the Shorter Hawks in the 2017-18 Gulf South Conference opener.
Tipoff for the contest is set for 8 p.m.
The Wolves lost their second-straight contest last Saturday, 81-68 to the Johnson C. Smith Bulls in Charlotte, N.C. The Wolves shot a season-low 41 percent from the field and 28 percent from behind the arc.
Shorter comes into the contest in search of their first win of the 2017-18 season, coming into the game with an 0-7 record on the year. The Hawks most recently played in the Kentucky Wesleyan Thanksgiving Tournament, falling to KWC 88-78 and Lake Superior State 96-71.
Junior guard Marquill Smith leads the team in scoring this season, averaging 22.2 points per game, which is good for third in the Gulf South Conference. Smith also leads the team in rebounding and is now fifth in the league in that category, averaging 7.4 rebounds per game.
As a team, the Wolves are second in the GSC scoring, averaging 83.8 points per game.
Newcomers to the university have stepped to the forefront of the program in the past week, as freshmen Greg James, Glenn Robinson and Steven Ross were all the scoring leaders against Johnson C. Smith. James has been consistent this year, scoring in double-figures in four of the Wolves’ five games, and he leads all GSC freshmen with 11.0 points per game.
Both the Wolves and the Hawks have a trio of stellar players, and that head-to-head battle will go a long way in deciding the outcome of the game Thursday. At shooting guard, West Georgia’s William Sides, who averages 16.4 points per game, goes up against Amonte Potter, who is putting up 16.9 points per game. UWG’s Marquill Smith (22.2 ppg) takes on TayVaughn Major, who averages 13.9 points per game. And Shorter’s Josh Burnett (15.4 ppg) will take on UWG’s Karlos Odum, who averaged double figures in the two exhibition games, but will play in his first regular season game on Thursday.