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Lakers fall at Montevallo

From Staff Reports

(Editors note: The Clayton State men's game was not available by presstime on Wednesday):

Offensive woes plagued the Clayton State Laker men's basketball team on Wednesday as the Lakers dropped a 59-48 Peach Belt Conference decision at Montevallo on Wednesday

The defeat snaps a four-game winning streak for Clayton State, which is now 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the Peach Belt Conference. Montevallo improves to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the Peach Belt.

Clayton State managed only 33 percent shooting from the field, including on 23 percent from 3-point range. In the second half alone, the Lakers shot only 26 percent from the field and were 1-for-13 (seven percent) from 3-point range.

"We were not very effective against the zone in the second half," said Clayton State head coach Gordon Gibbons. "That was the difference in the game right there. We battled and had opportunities. We changed up our defenses and that gave us a chance, but you have to execute offensively."

Despite the poor shooting, the Lakers kept the game within reach throughout. They never trailed by more than eight points in the first half, and rallied to cut the Falcon lead to four points on two 3-point baskets by Timmy Downs. Two Brandon Robinson free throws cut the lead to one point, and a 3-point basket by Torrin Greene with 1:09 remaining trimmed the Montevallo lead to 32-30 at halftime.

The Lakers tied the game at 38-38 on a 3-point basket by Robinson at the 14:58 mark, but Clayton State managed only 10 points in the final 15 minutes. Montevallo, meanwhile, answered with a 7-0 run as DeMarcus Catchings converted a 3-point play and baseline jumper. Antoine Davis' driving lay-up gave the Falcons a 45-38 lead with 13:46 remaining.

Ryan Westbrooks extended the Montevallo lead to nine points on a 3-point basket, but Clayton State twice closed the gap to five points. Michael Thorogood converted a 3-point play in the paint, and Downs' lay-up in transition at the 4:58 mark cut the Falcon lead to 53-48.

However, Clayton State would go scoreless for the remainder of the contest.

Downs scored 17 points to pace Clayton State, while Robinson scored 12 points and Thorogood added 10 points. Davis paced Montevallo with 15 points, followed by Catchings with 14 points and nine rebounds. Montevallo out-rebounded the Lakers 40-31 and shot 43 percent from the field.

Clayton State returns home on Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. match-up against in-state Peach Belt rival North Georgia.