Game off: Weather puts halt to CSU-Columbus showdown

By Doug Gorman


The weather hasn't been very kind to the South the last few days.

Snow and ice have brought the Southern Crescent to a standstill, forcing the cancellation of school and other events.

You can add the Clayton State-Columbus showdown to the games that have become a victim to Mother Nature's rath.

The conference doubleheader was expected to tip off in Morrow today, but has been postponed until Monday, January 24.

The Clayton State women are still riding a wave of success that has produced the best start in school history.

Clayton State enters the week ranked fifth in the country in the last NCAA Division II poll and fresh of its road victory against Georgia College in a PBC contest Saturday afternoon.

The Lakers are used to playing an up-tempo game. Through the first 14 games, Clayton State is outscoring its opponents 80.6-54.6.

Against Georgia College, the team showed it could also win games when their is not as much scoring as it beat the Bobcats 53-42.

"We will take it," said a relieved Clayton State head coach Dennis Cox. "We knew Georgia College would be motivated and they were. But we played real well defensively in the second half and pushed the ball hard offensively."

Now, that Wednesday's conference game has been postponed, Clayton State can turn its attention to Saturday's road game against USC Aiken.

Teshymia Tillman leads the way for Clayton State with 14 points per game. Tanisha Woodard is chipping in 12 points per game.

Former Jonesboro standout Dramekia Griggs is averaging more than 9 points per game.

Clayton State on a winning streak:

The Clayton State men are starting to find the right combination.

The Lakers have won six of their last seven games and are coming off a hard-fought 65-62 victory at Georgia College on Saturday.

The Lakers are 11-3 overall and 2-1 in league play.

In its victory against Georgia College, Clayton State picked up a dominated performance from its two seniors Timmy Downs and Brandon Robins.

Downs ended the game with 26 points, The sharp-shooing point guard drilled five 3-point shots along the way.

Robinson added added 18 points and closed in on a double-double with seven rebounds.

"We played with tremendous poise, and this was a huge win for us on the road," said Clayton State head coach Gordon Gibbons, who is now 7-4 in the Centennial Center. "Our overall defensive effort was great, especially in the post where they have been successful this season. In a league road game like this, you have to grind, and we did that today."

The Lakers are also receiving plenty of support from Torrin Green. The former North Clayton standout is averaging 7.5 points per game.

Clayton State heads into nexrt Saturday's contest scoring 75. 9 points per game.

It is giving up just 64 points per game.