SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
To say that Torrin Greene was in a "zone" was a understatement on Friday night for the Clayton State Laker men's basketball team.
The junior forward enjoyed a record-setting night as Clayton State rolled to an impressive 113-44 rout over visiting Knoxville at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The victory improves the Lakers to 3-1 overall. The 113 points scored is the most in a game for Clayton State since the Lakers scored 124 against Carver in the 2008-09 season. In addition, the 69-point difference is the second-largest margin of victory for the Lakers in program history, and the biggest since an 84-point margin over DeVry in the 1991-92 season.
Knoxville falls to 0-2 overall.
Greene, a 6-foot-6 junior from Riverdale, Ga., was tremendous offensively for the Lakers with a career-high 23 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field, including 7-for-9 from 3-point range. The seven 3-point baskets is a new single-game Clayton State record.
Greene and senior guard Brandon Robinson were hitting on all cylinders in the first half as Clayton State held a commanding 62-19 lead at halftime. Robinson scored 22 first-half points on five 3-point baskets, while Greene scored 14 points in the opening half on four 3-point baskets. The Lakers broke the game wide open with an amazing 26-0 run over an eight-minute span in the first half.
Clayton State opened the second half on a 19-3 run and never looked back as all but one Laker player that saw action scored. For the game, Clayton State shot 55 percent from the field, out-rebounded Knoxville 50-28 and forced 27 Bulldog turnovers in the process with 20 steals. The Lakers also had 38 points off the bench, its largest bench production so far this season.
Robinson paced Clayton State with 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the field and 5-for-8 shooting from 3-point range. It was the third straight 20-point-or more game for Robinson. Senior point guard Timmy Downs recorded a double-double with 13 points and a career-high 13 assists, while junior forward James Waldon and freshman guard Zach Bradley scored 12 and 11 points off the bench, respectively.
In addition, senior center Michael Thorogood grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
For Knoxville, forward Wayne Yeboah scored 16 points, followed by guard John Hernandez with 12 points
Clayton State plays host to Reinhardt on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Athletics and Fitness Center.