Clayton State meets rival Columbus St in PBC game

By Doug Gorman


Clayton State's LaDe'sha Stoudemire and Columbus State's Phebe Smith share something common--both have brothers who earn paychecks playing basketball in the NBA.

Amare Stoudemire is an All-Star with the Phoenix Suns, while Josh Smith has played for the Atlanta Hawks, coming to the league right out of high school.

LaDe'Sha and Phebe can play the game in their own right, and tonight they will be on the floor tonight in Morrow when Clayton State plays host to Columbus State

The contest is part of a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader. The women's game tips off at 5:30, followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.

Clayton State comes into the women's game on the heels of Saturday's dramtic 92-82 victory against Francis Marion.

The Lakers trailed in the contest by 19 with 9:49 remaining in the second half before putting together a 40-11 run to beat the Patriots on the road.

"I wish I could take the credit, but we continued to stick with what we had to do," said Clayton State head coach Dennis Cox. "That was an unbelievable run against a very good team. It was them. They never gave up, stuck together and pulled it out."

With the victory, Clayton State is just one win away from the magical 20-win mark. The Lakers moved to 19-4 overall and 10-3 Peach Belt Conference play.

Teshymia Tillman sparked the comeback for the Lakers and finished the game wth 23 points. Tanisha Woodard and Breanna Fort ended the night with 13 points.

She leads the Lakers with a 17.1 points per game average.

Columbus State comes into the game with a 14-9 record and an 8-5 mark in league play.

Smith leads Columbus State with an 18.0 points per game scoring average.

This is the second meeting this season between the two teams. Clayton State won the first game in Columbus 65-55.

Men try to keep streak going: The Clayton State men's basketball team snapped a one-game losing streak Saturday when it rolled to an 81-70 victory at Francis Marion.

Timmy Downs led the way with career high 27 points en route to the wib,

The Lakers improved their record to 13-10 overall and 6-7 in league action.

"This was a big team win for us because we had to get it on the road," said Clayton State head coach Gordon Gibbons. "The game was about our defense, especially in the first half. We always seem to play well here, and this is big heading into the final couple of weeks of the regular season."

Clayton State will try to avenge the last meeting between the two teams. When the Lakers travelled to Columbus State earlier this season, the Lakers lost 66-64.

Three players are scoring in double figures for the Lakers. Robert Murry leads with 16.3 points per game. Brandon Robinson is averaging 13.6 points per game and Downs 12.3.

Columbus State comes into the game with an 11-11 oveall record and a 5-8 mark in Peach Belt action.

Lamar Williams leads Columbus State with 13 points per contest.