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Clayton State gets ready for UNC Pembroke

From staff reports

The Clayton State men's and women's basketball teams get back into action today at against UNC Pembroke in a pair Peach Belt Conference contests.

Buzzer-beater: The Clayton State men are 13-3 overall and 3-2 in the PBC after beating Columbus State 65-63 on Wednesday.

Kevin Young hit the game-winning shot on Wednesday with nine-tenths of a second remaining in the game.

Senior Craig Butts led the CCSU attack with 18 points, the second straight game he's led the squad in scoring after scoring 20 against Lander last Saturday. B.J. Puckett had 17 points and a team leading 11 rebounds versus Columbus State.

Rankings: The Lakers were ranked eighth in the first NCAA Division II South Atlantic Region poll released on Wednesday.

They can shoot: Butts ranks 34th in the nation in field goal percentage in the latest NCAA stats, while Puckett is 32nd in blocked shots.

As a team, the Lakers rank 19th in the nation in margin of victory, 31st in field goal percentage defense and ninth in rebound margin.

A look at the Pembroke series: Clayton State leads in the all-time series against UNC Pembroke 6-2 and swept the Braves last season.

The Lakers won 89-49 last year at Pembroke as Lamar Rodgers and Butts had 15 points and 10 points, respectively.

Manny Parker had 11 rebounds in the game last season.

Clayton State won 69-47 in Morrow behind 13 points from Butts and 10 from Jason Byrd. The Lakers have won five straight against the Braves.

Lady Lakers struggling in PBC: The Clayton State women are 8-8 overall and 0-5 in PBC play.

Clayton State is coming off a 68-45 loss to Columbus State on Wednesday, dropping its record 8-8 on the season.

Apryl Brown led the attack with 11 points and eight rebounds, followed by Kate Kauffman with seven points, hitting 3-of-4 from the field. Jamika Hindsman had a team leading nine rebounds. T

he Lakers weren't able to find their shooting touch against Columbus, shooting only 25 percent from the field.

The series: Clayton State leads in the all-time series against UNC Pembroke 5-3 and won both meetings last year.

The Lakers won 64-48 at Pembroke and 70-40 in Morrow. Brown had two good games in the wins with 16 points and six rebounds in the first meting and 14 points and nine boards in the later matchup.

She's moving up the rebounding list: With her eight rebounds on Wednesday, Brown moved into the fifth spot in career rebounds at Clayton State. Brown, who now has 573 for her career, passed Catreia Shaw's 570 boards.

She is also moving up the points scored list, as Apryl now has 706 points for her career and his 30 points behind Misty Amerson, who ranks seventh on the all-time list.

Honoring Dr. Harry Brown: Next Wednesday's home game against Armstrong State will be "Arrowhead Clinic Night," and the Laker women's team will recognize Dr. Harry Brown for his continued support of Clayton State women's basketball.