By Doug Gorman
Finals are over and now it's time to put away the books for a couple of weeks.
That doesn't mean the Clayton State basketball teams can take an extended vacation.
The Lakers will be consumed with basketball the rest of the month.
Men back in action on Monday: The Lakers get back into action Monday night with a home date against Edward Waters.
Clayton State comes into the game with a 6-2 record.
The Lakers have won five of their last six games, including the Peach Belt Conference opener a week ago when they defeated UNC Pembroke 60-57.
Clayton State is averaging 79.6 points per game through its eight contests. It's also coming up with some stingy defense as it is holding opponents to 63.9 points per game. Clayton State's largest margin of victory came when it knocked off Knoxville College 113-44.
The Lakers' only loss came against Anderson and Valdosta State, both non-conference games.
Clayton State is led by Brandon Robinson's 21.9 points. Timmy Downs is scoring 18.8 points per game.
Edward Waters, an NAIA squad from Florida, comes into the contest with an 2-8 overall record. The team is led by Johnny Nelson, who is averaging 13.7 points per game. Byron Shemwell is averaging 12.6 points per game.
Edward Waters is on a two-game swing through Atlanta. Tonight, the squad plays at Carver College. Clayton State beat Carver 80-73 earlier this year.
Clayton State then plays at home again next Saturday in a conference game at home against Augusta State.
Women off until next Saturday: The Clayton State women's team won't play until next Saturday when it hosts Augusta State in a Peach Belt Conference game.
When the Lakers resume play, they will do so with a perfect 9-0 record.
Clayton State's 9-0 start is the best in the program's history, including 2007 when it advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four.
The Lakers have dominated on both sides of the court during its fast start. Clayton State is averaging 83.1 points per game and allowing just 58.9 points per contest.
A week ago, the Lakers opened the Peach Belt Conference with a 82-61 win.
Three players are scoring in double figures for the Lakers with Teshymia Tillman scoring 14.7 points per game. Tanishia Woodward is chipping in 13.2 points per game and former Jonesboro standout Drameka Griggs is averaging 11.3.
Augusta State steps out of conference play for a game at West Georgia Monday night before traveling to Clayton state next week.
The Jaguars are averaging 67.2 points per game.
They head into Monday night's game against West Georgia with a just one player averaging in double figures as Blaire Egardo leads the team with 17.2 points per game.