Last second shot by Murry lifts Laker “Legends” to a 101-100 overtime victory
MORROW, GA – A driving layup by former Laker star Robert Murry lifted the Clayton State "Legends" to an exciting 101-100 overtime victory over the Clayton State men's basketball team Saturday in the program's final exhibition game of the preseason.
Murry's game-winning shot came on the heels of two free throws by Laker guard Bernard Nugent, who had given the squad a two-point lead, 100-99, with 10 seconds remaining in the cost. The game went back-and-forth in the overtime stanza with the score tied three times and four lead changes.
"Tonight was a great night for our program," said head coach Gordon Gibbons. "I'm proud of our how our guys battled against a good group of former players on the Alumni team. It was great to see all the former players, and I'm happy they were able to see the progress that we've made in our program and in the improvement of our facility. They laid the groundwork."
Among the returnees to return were: Mike Sloan (2004-08), Robert Murry (2009-10), Brian Kelly (2006-09), Jay Dobbs (2008-10), Josh Fullerton (2008-09), Brandon Kelly (2005-07), Eric Wilson (2008-10), John Austin (2007-10), Torrin Greene (2008-12), Teondre Williams (2011-12), Leon "Manny" Parker (2002-04), Armon Jones (2009-11) and Freddie Williams (2008-09).
Over the last 11 seasons, the program has had almost 20 players play professionally overseas and currently have six players competing in the pros. The program also has four former players in the coaching ranks.
In the game, Clayton State was led by guard Tony Dukes with 25 points, followed by forward Omari Murray with 23 points. Forward Charles Shedrick added 17 points, while Nugent chipped in 11. Forward Juron Dobbs had eight points and nine rebounds.
For the Alumni team, Murry finished with 18 points, followed by Williams with 16 points and Kelly with 15. Sloan chipped in 11.
After tonight's game, Clayton State will hit the court for real on Tuesday, hosting Tennessee Temple at 7:30 p.m. Before Tuesday's home opener, there will be a special court-naming ceremony in honor of former athletic director Mason Barfield at 7 p.m.