Williams shines as Clayton State men roll in exhibition 105-84
MORROW, Ga. – November 8, 2011 – Throughout the offseason, the hype was tremendous about the addition of Teondre Williams to the Clayton State Laker men's basketball team. On Tuesday night, the Division I transfer from Oregon lived up to that hype and more.
The senior wing scored a game-high 26 points as Clayton State put on an impressive performance in its 105-84 victory over Baseline USA in a preseason exhibition at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The exhibition was the one preseason tune-up for the Lakers, who open the regular season on Monday at home against Tennessee Temple.
Williams scored 22 of his points in the first half. The 6-foot-5, 218-pounder connected on his first four shots, including three 3-point baskets as the Lakers dominated the opening half. Clayton State shot 53 percent from the field in the first half, including 9-for-18 (50 percent) from 3-point range.
The Lakers took their biggest lead of the half 45-17 on a tip-in by center Tim Budd with 7:27 remaining. A lay-up by Anthony Salter with 10 seconds remaining gave Clayton State a 64-39 lead at halftime.
Clayton State never let the lead get below 20 points in the second half. A 3-point basket by Torrin Greene gave the Lakers an 84-56 lead with 15:19 remaining. And then Tyrone Black's lay-up staked Clayton State to its largest lead of the game 85-55 at the 14:26 mark.
The Lakers hit the century mark on a 3-point basket by junior guard Rico Lewis with 2:33 remaining.
Williams paced four Clayton State players in double-figures. Salter, a Division I transfer from Hawaii, scored 17 points on four 3-point baskets and dished out six assists at point guard. Off the bench, Lewis scored 17 points, while Bradley Tumer scored 10 points. In the paint, forward Tyrone Black grabbed 13 rebounds with eight points, and center Andrew Bachanov grabbed 11 rebounds with eight points.
For the game, Clayton State shot 48 percent from the field, including 46 percent from 3-point range. The Lakers out-rebounded Baseline USA 62-38.
For Baseline USA, Derrick Allen scored 18 points on six 3-point baskets, while Jason Patterson scored 14 points. Miguel Morton scored 15 points and Chris Malone added 13 points.
Clayton State's season opener against Tennessee Temple is set for 7:30 p.m. on Monday night at the Athletics and Fitness Center.