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Clayton State returns to conference play at Georgia College

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Clayton State women's basketball coach Dennis Cox's team must have some sort of magic formula when it comes to winning basketball games.

The Lakers (13-0) are off to the best start in school history, and the rest of the NCAA Division II nation has taken notice.

Clayton State got a late Christmas present when it returned from the holiday break and garnered a No.-5 ranking in the latest Division II poll.

They will put their undefeated record on the line this weekend when they travel to Georgia College in Milledgeville for a Peach Belt Conference game Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The matchup comes five days after they rallied late in the second half to beat Palm Beach Altlantic.

It's CSU's third conference game of the season. The Lakers knocked off USC-Aiken and Albany State in league play last month as part of its fast start

The Lakers have dominated their opponents most of the season, averaging 82.8 points per game, while giving up just 55.6 points contest.

Clayton State is getting plenty of help as it zeros in on a possible conference title and a trip to the NCAA tournament.

Three players are averaging double figures for the Lady Lakers with Teshymia Tillman leading the way with 14 points. Tanisha Woodard is tossing in 12.5 points per game and Jonesboro graduate Drameka Griggs 10.3.

Thanks to its stingy defense, Clayton State is forcing 31.5 turnovers per game.

They face a Georgia College team also off to a winning start. The Bobcats come into the game with an 8-1 record. The Bobcats lost their only conference game of the season to second-ranked Lander, 83-67 early last month.

Chimere Jordan leads Georgia College with a 21.4 average.

Georgia College has won three games in a row.

The Lakers needed a late second-half rally in its last outing to beat Palm Beach Atlantic, but now that the CSU women are getting into the heart of the conference schedule, Cox promises the squad won't overlook anybody.

"When we start playing conference games, we are going to be more foucsed, because we know we have to be," Cox said. "It's a challenge sometimes to keep them focused on a game that we are supposed to win."

Clayton State men vs Georgia College: The Clayton State men's basketball team could be putting all the piece together at just the right time.

The Lakers have won six out of their last seven games. They enter Saturday's Peach Belt Conference game with a 10-3 overall record.

Clayton State is 1-1 in league play with a win against USC Aiken. The Lakers lost their conference battle to Agugsta State right before the break.

The Lakers are led by a pair of seniors. Brandon Robinson is averaging 20.8 points per game and Tim Downs is scorin g 20.1 points per contest..

Clayton State is shooting more than 45 precent from the field for the season while holding opponents to a little more than 38 percent.

The Lakers are also getting quality production out of former North Clayton standout Torrin Green. Green has started all 13 games and is averaging 7.7 points per contest.

Clayton State faces a Bobcat team with a 7-2 record and a 1-0 record in PBC play.

Georgia College knocked off Lander its only PBC game. Jared Holmes leads the Bobcats in scoring with a 13.4 points per game average.

The Lakers enter the game fresh off an 86-68 win against Tennessee Temple. Clayton State's string of victories also includes a hard-fought 66-65 win against Shaw.

"Shaw had already beaten two good teams in our league, Columbus and Aiken so we knew it was going to be a conference type game. We needed a win in a conference-type of game. Then we come back and get another big win as we get ready to get back in the confererence. It's all worked out in our favor," CSU head coach Gordon Gibbons said.

Clayton State has revenge on its mind after dropping to games to the Bobcats last year.

Tip off is set for 3:30.