Lakers slam Carver 94-60 on Tuesday in men’s hoops action
MORROW, GA – The Clayton State men's basketball team captured its third win of the season Wednesday slamming Carver 94-60 in non-conference men's basketball action at the Athletics & Fitness Center's Mason Barfield Court.
After getting off to a little bit of a slow start, the Lakers kicked into high gear midway through the first half and never looked back. Leading 12-9 with 11:26 remaining in the period, Clayton State outscored the Cougars 36-12 to close the half and take control of the contest.
"Our team has battled through an assortment of ailments, but it was good to have Zach (Riddle) back tonight" said head coach Gordon Gibbons. "We wanted to emphasize the defensive effort and play faster. I thought the team played well together tonight."
Guard Tony Dukes ignited the first half run with a 3-pointer with 11:13 remaining and center Tim Budd gave the squad a 10-point advantage with 9:50 remaining in the period. The Lakers then rattled off nine straight points, capped by a 3-pointer by guard Sirdarius Henry to take a 19-point lead, 30-11 with 8:07 remaining in the period.
After both teams traded baskets, Clayton State pushed its lead to 21 points on another 3-pointer by Dukes with 4:03 left in the half. The Lakers extended their advantage to 27 points, 48-21, at intermission as Henry scored on a layup in the closing seconds of the half.
In the second half, Carver cut the Laker lead 17 points on a 3-pointer by guard Julian Bratton with 14:46 remaining but would come no closer in the game. The Lakers led by 31 points, 75-44, on a basket in the paint by Tyler Davis with 8:21 remaining. A quick 14-4 run over the next four minutes gave the team a commanding 41-point advantage, 89-48, its largest lead of the game.
With the win, Clayton State improves to 3-1 on the year, while Carver drops to 0-9. The Lakers will return to action on Saturday, hosting metro-Atlanta foe Clark-Atlanta in a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Forward Omari Murray led the way for the Lakers with his third "double-double" of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Henry finished with 17 points, six assists and five steals, while guard Craig Wong chipped in 12 points. Budd finished with 10 points and eight boards, while Dukes had 10 points and five assists.
Forward Sean Stringfellow led the Carver attack with 14 points, followed by Bratton with 13 points. Forward Joe Comer had 11 points and six boards.
Clayton State shot a sizzling 55 percent (38-of-69) from the floor, while holding the Cougars to 35 percent (22-of-63).