Salter’s late shot gives Clayton State men thrilling 85-84 double-overtime victory over Georgia Southwestern
MORROW, Ga. – December 14, 2011 – The Clayton State Laker men's basketball team could not have asked for a more thrilling Peach Belt Conference opener than what took place on Wednesday night.
Playing host to in-state rival Georgia Southwestern, the Lakers' Anthony Salter drained a running jump shot in the lane with two seconds remaining to give Clayton State an exciting 85-84 double-overtime victory at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The Lakers have now won five straight to improve to 7-1 overall.
Georgia Southwestern, which is ranked 17th in the Division II Top 25, falls to 6-2 overall and 0-2 in the Peach Belt.
Clayton State used a 7-0 run to conclude the first half and lead 36-28 at halftime on a dunk at the buzzer by center Andrew Bachanov. The Lakers then built as much as a 13 point lead in the second before Georgia Southwestern slowly twiddled the lead down in waning minutes.
Trailing by 10 points, Evan Mobley drained and Will Kenimer drained 3-point baskets to trim the Clayton State lead to 65-61 at the 1:54 mark. Another 3-point basket and a jumper by Mobley cut the Laker lead to one point 67-66 with 21 seconds remaining.
Salter was fouled with 13 seconds remaining and hit one of his two free throws to give the Lakers a 68-66 lead. But Kenimer drained a 20-foot jumper as time expired to send the game into overtime.
There were four ties and three lead-changes in the first overtime period. Salter tied the game at 74-74 on a running lay-up with 1:15 remaining, but Hurricanes responded with a hook shot in the lane by forward Phillip Brown with 53 seconds remaining. However, Clayton State answered again as Teondre Williams nailed a 15-foot jumper to tie the game 76-76 with 39 seconds remaining.
Clayton State had a golden chance to win it after a Georgia Southwestern turnover on the inbounds play. But Williams' 3-point attempt with five seconds remaining was off, forcing the second overtime.
Just like the first overtime, the second extra session was just as back-and-forth with three ties and five lead-changes. The Lakers took an 81-78 lead on a Williams 3-point basket, only to have the Hurricanes answer on the ensuing possession on a 3-point basket by Mobley.
Salter hit two free throws to give the Lakers an 83-82 lead with 1:33 remaining. However, Georgia Southwestern took a one-point lead on a driving lay-up by Mobley off the in-bounds play. That set up Salter as he drove the length of the court, split the Hurricane defense in the middle and sank the game-winner in the lane.
Williams paced Clayton State with 20 points on four 3-point baskets, while Bachanov scored 16 points with eight rebounds. Salter scored 15 points, with six of those points coming in the second overtime. The Lakers shot 45 percent from the field, and 46 percent from 3-point range.
For Georgia Southwestern, Mobley scored a game-high 26 points, while Brown recorded a double-double with 21 points and 19 rebounds. Colin Slotter added 11 points for the Hurricanes.
Clayton State hits the road on Monday for a key Peach Belt Conference showdown at in-state Columbus State. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Lumpkin Center.