Hawks 12-5 (GSC 6-3) vs. West Alabama Tigers 7-9 (GSC 3-6)
Thursday January 31 • 8:30 pm• Pruitt Hall
By Daniel Bannach
LIVINGSTON, Ala. -- The Hawks look for resurgence after a tough loss to No. 13 Alabama-Huntsville last Saturday as they visit the Tigers from West Alabama. The Hawks were on a five game win streak before the UAH Chargers found open shots and put away the game, likewise with the Tigers beat Union by 30 points before their loss to instate rival North Alabama.
After Saturday's hard fought game against UAH the Hawks are taking the loss as a lesson with sight on the final remaining nine games of the season. The Hawks have relied on the steady shots of Walter Hill, Dedric Ware, and Anthony Banks all season and will look for the three to lead the Hawks past the Tigers Thursday night; each player would be listed in the GSC Top Ten scorers if the Hawks statistics were being counted in conference play this season. Banks has been having a great season to this point, averaging 16 points a game and grabbing eight rebounds per outing, an outstanding effort for the senior.
The Tigers are hoping to finish strong the last ten games to play this season. There is a lot of youth to this team. UWA has only two seniors, guard Steven Samuels and center Jack Hill. Samuels is on pace to make 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals a game; while hitting 36 percent behind the arc. Jack Hill stands 6-10 allowing him to grab rebounds and create transition plays; he is shooting 55 percent from the field.
This is the second meeting between the two schools this year, with Shorter victorious on the home court of the Winthrop-King Centre on November 29, 100-83. Banks would lead the team in 24 points – tied with C.J. Davis who is injured and will miss the rest of the season – while Kenny Leverette would post a career-high 15 rebounds. Ware scored 18 points and Brandon Wright added 10 points from the bench – he has since been moved into the starting lineup.
Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 pm from Pruitt Hall. Fans unable to make the game can follow the live stats by clicking on this link. Fans can also catch all the live action by accessing the audio link located on the men's basketball schedule. The game will be broadcast on 95.7 WATG-FM for those listening via radio.