Clayton State men rebound with key 69-64 triumph over visiting Limestone
MORROW, Ga. – December 29, 2011 – The Clayton State Laker men's basketball team didn't start the holiday break on a winning note. However, the Lakers ended the break with a triumphant return.
Behind a career-high 28 points from senior wing Teondre Williams, Clayton State came back to action on Thursday with a 69-64 victory over visiting Limestone in the Heritage Bank Holiday Classic at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The Lakers, winners of six of their last seven games, improve to 8-2 overall.
Limestone is now an even 6-6.
Williams had his seventh game of the season scoring 20-or-more points as he connected on 11-for-20 from the field and added four rebounds. He is now ranked third in the Peach Belt Conference in scoring at 22 points a game.
Williams scored 11 of his points in the first half in which there were 10 lead-changes and six ties. Neither team led by more than five points, but the Lakers took the lead at halftime 34-32 on a 3-point basket by Anthony Salter with 1:18 remaining.
Clayton State built an early seven-point lead to start the second half before Limestone countered with a 12-2 run. Jamal McNeil nailed a 3-point basket, followed a steal and transition lay-up by Nick Debnam that tied the game 41-41 at the 13:49 mark. Debnam then converted a 3-point play to give the Saints a 46-43 lead with 9:53 remaining.
Clayton State stormed back as Williams scored on a lay-up and a 3-point basket to give the Lakers a four-point lead. After Limestone tied the game on a Marquis Sloan 3-point basket, Clayton State pushed its lead to six points on a transition lay-up by Bradley Tumer and a breakaway dunk by Williams.
Twice, the Lakers extended their lead to eight points. A Williams lay-up off an entry pass by Tumer gave Clayton State a 65-57 lead with 1:53 remaining. Limestone trimmed the deficit to 3-points on a 3-point basket by Ryan Bogdan from the corner with eight seconds remaining. However, Willliams sealed the victory for the Lakers with two free throws.
In addition to Williams, Salter scored 18 points for the Lakers, while forward Juron Dobbs grabbed 12 rebounds. Josh Corry scored 12 points for Limestone – all in the first half, while Bogdan, McNeill and Charles Blue each scored 10 points for the Saints.
Clayton State returns to Peach Belt Conference action on Tuesday with home showdown at 7:30 p.m. against in-state rival North Georgia.