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Clayton State starts new streak

From staff reports

The Clayton College & State University men's basketball team had a six-game winning streak snapped Saturday, dropping its first game of the season at West Georgia, but on Monday, it started a new streak in convincing fashion, blasting Edward Waters College 90-69 at the Athletics & Fitness Center.

The outcome was never a doubt as the Lakers raced out to an 8-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game and led by double-digits 15-4 on a basket by junior BJ Puckett at the 13:41 mark.

Clayton State pushed its lead to 20 points, 28-8, 10 minutes into the game as senior Jason Byrd connected on a three-pointer.

Clayton State led 48-24 at intermission with junior Carlton Holmes tipping in a basket at the buzzer.

Senior Kevin Young nailed a three-pointer for the first points of the second half and rout was on, as the Lakers led 51-24 with 17:18 remaining.

Sophomore Donte Dawson gave Clayton State its largest lead of the game, draining two free throws to give the squad a 35-point lead, 63-28, with 13:49 remaining.

Clayton State cruised for the remaining 13 minutes and led by at least 20 points for the remainder of the contest.

"We played well," said head coach Gordon Gibbons. "We executed well on offense, which enabled us to get some good looks early and our defensive pressure held them down in the first half. We were able to jump out to a big lead and sustain it."

With the win, the Lakers improve to 7-1 on the year and will return to action on Thursday, hosting Bluefield College in a 7:30 p.m. contest. Edward Waters drops to 5-8 on the season. Puckett led the Clayton State scoring attack with 17 points, hitting 8-of-10 shots from the field. Senior Craig Butts finished with 14 points. Byrd, Young, Holmes and senior Stephen Cox) each chipped in nine points.

All 13 players on the Clayton State roster saw action with 12 players scoring.

Holmes finished with a team-leading six rebounds, while junior Darien Chavis had a team high five assists and four steals.

Senior Renaldo Norman led the Tigers with 16 points and seven rebounds, followed by senior Torrance Toomer with 14 points and six boards. Freshman Adrian Johnson chippedin 12 points and six rebounds, followed by freshman Carl Williams with 10 points.

Clayton State shot a sizzling 52 percent (32-of-62) on the night, while holding Edward Waters to 44 percent (27-of-61) from the floor. The Lakers also controlled the boards, outrebounding the Tigers 36-30 and committed 19 turnovers compared to 25 for Edward Waters.

The Lakers shot a season-best 44 percent (8-of-18) from three-point land and a season-best 86 percent (18-of-21) from the free throw line. The team's 52 percent from the floor was the second best field goal percentage on the season.