“I thought we went about it in a matter-of-fact way,” UWG coach Michael Cooney said. “I don’t think there was anybody surprised that we won in our program.”
Such is the mood around West Georgia’s team these days, a belief that the team not only can win, but that it should win when it takes the court.
“It just took us a while to know how to win,” Cooney said. “I think now our guys expect to win.”
Now the Wolves (7-19, 3-8 GSC East) will try to do just that in their 4 p.m. season finale at North Alabama (17-9, 7-4 GSC East) today.
“This is our last game,” Cooney said. “And we’re trying to make sure that we put an exclamation point next to our season that this team never quit.”
The game carries plenty of meaning for the Lions, too, who with a victory and a Valdosta State loss could emerge as the Gulf South Conference East regular-season champions.
“They’ve got a lot to play for,” Cooney said. “So it’s not going to be easy.”
The UWG coach knows his guys are facing a talented and motivated team with plenty of veterans, but he also knows his team can hang with UNA. The Wolves defeated the Lions, 90-88, on a last-second three-pointer by Deion Sims on Jan. 31.
“We know we can beat them,” Cooney said.
He’s not sure how much Chris Miller-Williams might be able to play, but with West Georgia’s resurgence, he’s looking for the Wolves’ first GSC East season sweep of 2009.
And with the defensive effort that has turned up since its last win against UNA, Cooney said his team may be in an even better position to pull off the upset tonight.
“I think it makes us a better all-around team,” Cooney said of his team’s defensive improvement.