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From Staff Writers
Clayton State's Robinson, Downs selected first team All-Peach Belt Conference for men's basketball
The Peach Belt Conference announced its postseason honors for men's basketball on Friday, and it was a special night for the Clayton State Lakers.
Laker guards Brandon Robinson and Timmy Downs each were selected first team All-Peach Belt Conference, which was selected by the Peach Belt Conference head coaches. This marks the first time ever that Clayton State has had two players selected first team All-Peach Belt in men's basketball.
Robinson and Downs are joined on the first team by Augusta State's George Johnson and Frank Ndongo and Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year Phillip Brown from Georgia Southwestern.
Robinson and Downs have been the top two scorers in the Peach Belt all season, rotating more than once between first and second. Robinson currently leads the Peach Belt in scoring at 20.4 points a game, while Downs is a close second at 19.6 points a game.
A 6-foot-6, 180-pound senior from Lake Wales, Fla., Robinson has scored in double-figures in every game this season for the Lakers. Three times, he has scored 30 or more points, including his career-high 31 points twice against St. Augustine's and against Georgia Southwestern in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
In addition, Robinson had 12 more games of scoring 20 or more points and recorded three double-doubles. In addition to leading the conference in scoring, he is also eighth in the conference in steals and 10th in free throw percentage (81 percent). Robinson needs only 10 points to reach 1,000 for his Laker career.
A 5-6, 165-pound senior from Greenville, S.C., Downs scored in double-figures in all but one game this season. He also had 15 games with 20 or more points - the most by any player this season in the Peach Belt. Downs scored a career-high 28 points in three games against Tennessee Temple, USC Aiken and Georgia Southwestern.
He also recorded two double-doubles. Downs leads the Peach Belt in steals (2.3 spg) and is ranked second in assists (5.5 apg). He is currently 59 points shy of 1,000 for his Laker career.
Clayton State (19-10) hopes to earn an at-large big to the upcoming NCAA Division II National Tournament when the pairings are announced on Sunday.