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CCSU garnering pre-season honors

From staff reports

The Clayton College & State University men's basketball program is getting ready to hit hardwood, and third-year head coach Gordon Gibbons has announced the Lakers' schedule for the 2003-04 campaign.

The Lakers enter the 2003-04 season being ranked by Street and Smith's as one of the top 25 NCAA Division II teams in the nation.

"I think that's a significant honor for our team that went 17-12 last year to be listed with the top 25 teams in the country," Gibbons said. "It adds a little bit of motivation and it's exciting for our players. Now we have to out and live up to the expectations and play the season."

Clayton State has a 27-game regular season schedule on tap for 2003-04, featuring 16 contests in Peach Belt Conference play to go along with nine non-conference contests.

"The schedule is a demanding one and includes 23 Division II opponents from several of the top D-II basketball conferences," said third-year coach Gordon Gibbons. "Our Peach Belt Conference games are always challenging, not to mention several non-conference opponents that are recent conference champions and national tournament participants."

The first exhibition contest is slated for Nov. 3 against Baseline USA, followed by a match-up with VASDA on Nov. 7.

The Lakers will tip-off the regular season on Nov. 15 at home against Southeastern, followed by playing in the Charlotte Classic Tournament at Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 21-22.

The Lakers will host the fourth annual Clayton State Holiday Classic on Dec. 28-29.

Clayton State will open its 16-game conference schedule at home against the North Florida on Jan. 7.

Clayton State placed fifth in the 12-team Peach Belt Conference.

Lady Lakers announce schedule: The Clayton College & State University women's basketball program is getting ready to hit the hardwood, and fourth-year head coach A.C. McCullers recently announced the Lakers' schedule for the 2003-04 campaign.

Clayton State has a 27-game regular season schedule on tap for 2003-04, featuring 16 contests in Peach Belt Conference play to go along with 11 non-conference games. The squad will play in four tournaments, hosting two tournaments and traveling for two others, one in West Palm Beach, Fla. and another at West Georgia.

"We are looking forward to the upcoming year," said head coach A.C. McCullers. "Our goal is to continue our climb in the Peach Belt, where he have made steady improvement the last two seasons. The Peach Belt Conference is one of the toughest women's basketball conferences in the country, and a good indication of that is how North Florida finished fourth in the league last year and then advanced all the way to NCAA Elite Eight."

Fans will get their first glimpse of the Lakers in a 2 p.m. exhibition game against Division I Georgia State University on Nov. 8, in Atlanta. Last season, Clayton State came three baskets from upsetting Georgia State.

The squad will tip-off the regular season on Nov. 15, traveling to face North Alabama, followed by Clayton State opening its home schedule, hosting the third annual Heritage Bank Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 21-22.