Getting a new lease on life, the University of West Georgia men's basketball team made the most of it on Thursday evening.
After learning earlier in the day that their previously non-qualifying status for the Gulf South Conference Tournament had changed due to the league announcing that West Alabama's use of an ineligible player during the 2017-18 season would force it to forfeit all league games, it opened one final spot for the Wolves, who entered Thursday night's game at Auburn Montgomery tied for eighth in the GSC standings after the Tigers were bumped out of contention.
And following the 86-80 triumph over the Warhawks in the regular-season finale at the UAM Athletics Complex in Montgomery, Alabama, West Georgia's season was extended for at least one more game.
UWG (14-13, 9-11 GSC) secured the No. 8 seed for next week's GSC Tournament, where it'll face top-seeded Valdosta State on Tuesday night in Valdosta at a time to be determined.
In Thursday's win, the Wolves received another huge offensive performance from junior guard Marquill Smith, who led all scorers with 39 points to go along with 17 rebounds, while William Sides, Vinko Glavan and Karlos Odum scored 10 points apiece.
UWG Women's Basketball
The UWG women's basketball team closed out the regular season with a 53-46 GSC road victory over Auburn Montgomery on Thursday night in Montgomery.
The Wolves (16-11, 12-8 GSC) clinched the No. 5 seed for next week's GSC Tournament, where they will face No. 4 Lee in the quarterfinal round for Super Tuesday in Cleveland, Tennessee. A time for the game has yet to be set.
UWG received a 16-point performance from senior guard Kayla Carter on Thursday, while De'Ashia Jones and A'Kia Harris added 11 points apiece and Jessica Brown chipped in 10 against the Warhawks (9-19, 5-15). Jones also pulled down 10 rebounds for the double-double.
The West Georgia Technical College baseball team needed something positive to happen, and it got just that on Thursday evening.
The Golden Knights snapped a four-game skid by sweeping perennial Alabama power Southern Union in 7-5 and 4-3 decisions at Central High School.
The Golden Knights (8-10) fell behind 4-0 through two innings in the opener, but answered with a single run in the second and three in the fourth to pull even at 4-4.
The Bison (4-4) recaptured the lead at 5-4 in the sixth, but WGTC answered in the sixth when Justin Guyton doubled and scored on a single by Brock Maxwell, opening the floodgates to a three-run frame.
The nightcap also had its fair share of drama, as WGTC led 2-0 through two innings and 3-1 after four, but Southern Union scored single runs in the fifth and sixth to tie it up.
In the seventh, Guyton led off the inning with a single and Maxwell lined a double to left field, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Following a flyout that wasn't deep enough for the runners to tag, Tony Matos was intentionally walked to load the bases, setting up a bases-loaded free pass to Jacob Warren, who drew ball four on a 3-2 count.
Avery Smith got the start, allowing three runs — two earned — over six innings. Jalan Daniels (1-0-2) picked up the win in relief.
The Knights play host to Cleveland State CC on Saturday in a noon doubleheader.