By Rory Sharrock
The pace of the game had the feel of an exhibition contest, but the record-breaking stats were logged and the final score is reflected in the standings as Clayton State blew out Carver Bible College 124-69 Wednesday in the Athletics & Fitness Center at Clayton State University.
Clayton State's latest triumph improves its record to 4-0 while woeful Carver falls to 0-15.
"I thought what you saw tonight was we got a chance to execute against zones and we're an explosive team," said Clayton State head coach Gordon Gibbons. "We were explosive tonight in the second half.
With our press and our defense, we wore them down in the second half. Carver's starting lineup has some good young players, but it really goes down when it goes to it's bench."
Five players scored in double figures led by Jaquas Dobbs and Freddie Williams, who dropped 17 respectively.
Dobbs also tallied 14 rebounds to complete his night and propel the Lakers to a new mark in school history. Clayton State played the role of window washers versus Carver, grabbing 67 rebounds off the glass, which is a school record.
Carver's Cameron Blake posted a game-high 25 points on eight of 16 shooting.
Although there were instances where Clayton State had lapses on both ends of the floor, the Lakers overall dominated the Cougars, turning the rim into their personal chin up bar for dunks.
This type of outing has become a recurring theme in this series.
Wednesday night was the fifth meeting between these schools and Clayton State has owned Carver, winning all five games in convincing fashion and cracking the century mark each time.
The Lakers have four games remaining this month, two at home, before the calendar turns to 2009.
These matches include at West Georgia, Dec. 6, home versus Edward Waters, Dec. 14, at UNC Pembroke, Dec. 17 in their first Peach Belt Conference game and home against Southern Polytechnic State, Dec. 19.
Clayton State's second conference game takes place on Jan. 3 versus Augusta State in Morrow.
NEWS & NOTES:
Within arm's reach of a milestone
With the win, Gibbons improved his overall record to 390-137 and 144-72 in eight seasons at Clayton State. Gibbons needs just six victories to eclipses 150 on the Lakers' bench, which would rank him No. 1 in school history. He's 10 wins shy from 400 for his remarkable career.
Lakers play records, not CDs
In addition to collecting 67 rebounds, the Lakers set a school record for points in half with 70, which occurred in the second half and for scoring margin. The squad's 56-point rout was the largest in three seasons, dating back to a contest against Tuskegee.