By Doug Gorman
The Clayton State men's and women's basketball teams will attempt to dodge the snow flakes by retreating to South Carolina Saturday as the second half of the road swing through the Palmetto State continues Saturday.
Clayton State would rather forget the first day of the trip as both teams fell to Lander University on Thursday night in Peach Belt Conference contests.
They will try and change their luck against conference opponent Francis Marion in Saturday's college basketball doubleheader.
The women take the floor at 1:30 p.m., followed by the men's game at around 3:30.
Both women's squads are tied with the No. 15-ranking in the latest NCAA Division II rankings, setting up a must anticipated conference showdown.
Clayton's women had been one of the hottest teams in the Peach Belt Conference until Thursday's 74-68 loss to Peach Belt Conference front runner Lander.
The loss dropped Clayton State to 18-4 overall and 9-3 in league play and snapped a six-game winning streak.
"It was a great game, and I hate we came up on the short end of it," said Clayton State head coach Dennis Cox. "It was very important that we come out on top in this one. But they (Lander) knew that and it was important for them as well."
The No. 15-ranked Laker women entered the road contest with six wins in a row and could have shaken things up with the victory against the nation's No. 8-ranked team.
Now, the Lakers will try and start another winning streak with today's game against Francis Marion.
The Patriots could be another challenge for the Lakers. Francis Marion comes into the game 20-2 overall and 12-1 in their half of the Peach Belt Conference standings.
Clayton State is led by Teshymia Tillman with 16.9 points per game. Teammate , Tanisha Woodard is also scoring in double figures with 10.6 points per game.
Francis Marion is led by Shannon Singleton-Bates with 15.6 points per contest. The Patriots have won have won 10 in a row.
Men try and regroup: The Clayton State Lakers might be scratching their head over the way some of the things have gone this season.
The Lakers are 12-7 overall and 5-7 in league action.
Clayton State's record includes two straight losses in the team's last two contests. Clayton State fell to Georgia College 74-67 and then to Lander 63-60, both Peach Belt Conference games.
Although it has been a roller coaster ride for the Lakers this season, three players are averaging double figures.
Robert Murry leads the team with a 16.5 points per game average.
Bandon Robinson is chipping in 13.5 points per game, and Timothy Downs 11.7 points per game.
The Patriots bring a 17-5 overall record into the game and a 9-4 mark in league play.
Simel Patterson leads the Patriots offensive attack with a 12.6 points per game average.
Clayton State returns home for a PBc doubleheader Wednesday against Columbus.