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McCullers reaches 700-win plateau

By Anthony Rhoads

Clayton State women's coach A.C. McCullers reached the 700-victory (combined high school and college wins) plateau Wednesday night but Clayton State men's coach Gordon Gibbons is also reaching a milestone.

Gibbons is three victories away from winning his 300th at the NCAA Division II level.

"Unless something catastrophic happens, it will probably will come this year," Gibbons said. "It just means I've been at it for a long time."

Gibbons is one of the winningest Division II coaches of all time and guided Florida Southern to six NCAA tournaments, including two trips to the Elite 8 in 1999 and 2000.

This is Gibbons' third year at Clayton State; in 2002, he guided the Lakers to a 19-9 record and the regular season Peach Belt Championship. Last year, Clayton State went 17-11.

Going into today's contest at USC Aiken, Clayton State is 15-3 overall and is second in the PBC with a 5-2 league record.

Getting things done as a team: One of the keys to success for Clayton State this year has been teamwork and that has shown up in the box scores. The Lakers routinely have multiple players scoring in double figures and Wednesdsay's win over Armstrong Atlantic State was no different.

In that contest, four Lakers were in double figures including B.J. Puckett with 16, Darien Chavis with 14, Lamar Rodgers with 13 and Craig Butts with 10.

"That's the way it's been all year," Gibbons said.

Puckett leads the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game and Butts is second with 12.5 points per game.

Long-distance guys: Kevin Young and Lamar Rodgers lead Lakers in 3-point shooting with Young making 31 3-point shots and Rodgers making 29 3-pointers this season.

Rodgers has especially been effective recently and he made four 3-pointers in Wednesday's game. He also game within one trey of tying a school record when he make five 3-pointers last Saturday against UNC Pembroke.

"He was in kind of a slump but he's back and it's definitely 'welcome back, Lamar,'" Gibbons said.

Leaders: On the women's team, Jamika Hindsman leads the Lady Lakers with 12.6 points per game and Brandi Catia is second with 11.4 points per game.

Honoring a contributor: Wednesday, Clayton State honored Dr. Harry Brown for his contributions to the women's basketball program. Brown has sponsored the Arrowhead Clinic Tournament at Clayton State for four years.

"Dr. Brown has been a wonderful supporter of are program and we are very lucky to have someone like him in our community," McCullers said.