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Clayton State splits conference games

From Staff Reports

The Clayton State women's basketball captured its second Peach Belt Conference win of the season on Saturday in convincing fashion, clobbering Georgia College & State University 81-56 at the Athletics & Fitness Center. A red-hot shooting Clayton State team led from the opening tip and took control of the contest early.

Senior Shelcey opened the game with a quick three-pointer, and the Lakers ran out to an 11-point lead at the 17:18 mark on a basket by Sharon Wiles. Later in the half, GC&SU went on an 8-0 run and cut the deficit to three points at the 13:03 mark on a basket by Jessica Powers but that was as close as the Bobcats would come in the game.

Clayton State answered with a 12-0 run of its own to push its lead back to double-digits, 33-18, with 9:19 to play. Sharon Wiles ignited the run with two layups off steals and Harp and Teri Willis drained three-pointers in the stretch. Clayton State's Jasmine Patterson, who led all scorers in the game with 24 points, closed the half with a three-pointer and a basket in the final seconds to give the squad a 52-27 advantage at intermission.

Patterson sparkled in the game, hitting 10-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc. She also had eight rebounds and three assists.

As a team, Clayton State shot 47 percent (31-of-66) from the floor, including 42 percent (11-of-26 ) from 3-point land. With the win, the Lakers improve to 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Peach Belt, while GC&SU drops to 3-2 on the year and 1-1 in the league. Clayton State will return to action on Saturday, December 17th, hosting Mars Hill College. In Saturday's game, the Lakers led by more than 20 points the entire second half and pushed its lead to a game-high 34 points on a basket by Patterson with 15:05 remaining.

Behind Patterson's 24 points, Wiles finished with 15 points, followed by Willis with 11 points. Alecia Humphrey had eight points and a game high 10 rebounds. For GC&SU, Ashley Williams led the way with 13 points and nine rebounds, followed by LeWanna Leon with 11 points and eight boards.

Clayton State held GC&SU to 28 percent (19-of-67) from the floor and forced the Bobcats into 19 turnovers. Clayton State's men's basketball team went scoreless the final two minutes Saturday to drop its second game of the season, falling 67-63 to Peach Belt Conference opponent GC&SU at the Athletics & Fitness Center. Leading by two points, 63-61, GC&SU outscored the Lakers 6-0 to close the game.

After CSU's Todd McLaurin gave the squad a two-point lead at two-minute mark, the Bobcats' Ronnie Dennis drained a three-pointer from the corner to claim the GC&SU lead for good.

Clayton State had its chances in the final minute but missed two shots and had a turnover on two possessions before being forced to foul in the final seconds.

The Bobcats hit 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the final five seconds to seal victory. With the loss, the Lakers drop to 3-2 on the season and 0-2 in the Peach Belt. GC&SU improves to 4-3 and 2-0 in the league.

Clayton State will return to action on Tuesday, hosting Carver College in a non-conference game. After GC&SU took the lead to open the game, Clayton State led much of the remainder of the contest until the Bobcats battled back in the final 10 minutes of the contest. Clayton State led by 10 points, 20-10, at the 8:48 mark of the first half on two free throws by Michael Sloan. GC&SU closed the half with two straight baskets, including a tip-in by Jeremy Mayweather at the buzzer to cut the Laker lead to four points, 32-28, at intermission.

IIn the second half, Clayton State's Luis Rodriguez gave the squad a nine-point lead, 48-39, with 12:08 remaining, the largest lead by either team in the period. GC&SU battled back and cut the deficit to four over a two-minute stretch. The Bobcats tied the game, 52 apiece, at the 8:19 mark on another crucial three-pointer by Dennis. Neither team led by more than three-points in the final nine minutes of the game until GC&SU hit the free throws in the final seconds of the contest.

For Clayton State, McLaurin finished the game with 24 points, hitting 10-of-14 from the floor. He also added six rebounds, three steals and three assists. John Beugnot chipped in 13 points and pulled 10 rebounds, followed by Sloan with 10 points.

For GC&SU, Mayweather led the attack with 18 points, hitting 8-of-12 from the floor to go along with 12 boards. Dennis had 13 points, followed by Harrison with 10 points and eight assists.

Clayton State shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the floor, while the Bobcats hit 42 percent (25-of-59) from the field. The Lakers outrebounded the Bobcats 44-41 but committed 22 turnovers compared to 20 for GC&SU. The Lakers struggled from 3-point range, hitting only 2-of-11, while GC&SU drained 6-of-18 from behind the arc.