Clayton State men drop overtime heartbreaker to Young Harris 89-88
Morrow, GA – The Clayton State men's basketball team came up on the short end of what will go down as one of the best men's basketball games ever at the Athletics & Fitness Center, dropping an overtime thriller Thursday in the final two seconds on a long-range 3-pointer.
With Clayton State leading 88-86, Young Harris' Malcolm Jackson drained a contested 3-pointer from well beyond the arc to defeat the Lakers by a single point, 89-88. Clayton State inbounded the ball with one second remaining but a ¾-court shot by center Andrew Bachanov fell just short.
Tied at 86 apiece, Bachanov laid in a basket with nine seconds remaining off an assist from forward Charles Shedrick to give the Lakers what appeared to be the victory. Clayton State's defense was solid on the game-winning play but Jackson battled thru a screen and was just able to get off the shot under pressure.
The 3-pointer by Jackson capped a heroic performance by the senior guard, as he poured in 35 points, including 25 points in the second half and overtime stanza.
Clayton State led by three points, 85-82, with 1:13 remaining in overtime as Tony Dukes nailed a 3-pointer. Young Harris came back with two free throws by Jackson, followed by the Lakers' Charles Shedrick making 1-of-2 to give the Clayton State an 86-84 lead. Jackson answered with two more free throws with 31 seconds remaining, setting up Bachanov's basket in the closing seconds.
In regulation, Clayton State led by four points, 73-69, with 2:48 left only to have Young Harris make a trio of 3-pointers to send the game to overtime.
Young Harris guard Vince Martin drained the second one with 48 seconds remaining in the second half to knot the score at 75 apiece. Dukes answered for Clayton State on the next possession, burying a 3-pointer to give the Lakers a 3-point lead with 19 seconds left. Jackson again answered for Young Harris though, tying the game at 78 with a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.
With the loss, Clayton State drops to 7-10 overall and 3-7 in Peach Belt Conference play. The Mountain Lions improve to 13-3 overall and 8-1 in the league. The Lakers will return to action on Saturday, traveling to face North Georgia in a 3:30 p.m. game.
For Clayton State, forward Omari Murray led the way with 24 points, hitting 11-of-16 shots from the floor. Forward Juron Dobbs had a "double-double" with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Bachanov also had a "double-double" with 14 points and 14 boards, followed by Dukes with 12 points. Shedrick chipped in 10 points.
Behind Jackson's 35 points, Young Harris forward Bryson Robertson and Martin each had 17 points, while guard Tony Raymond added 12 points.
Both teams shot 42 percent from the field but got their points in different ways. The Lakers took a whopping 84 shots in the game, thanks to a 27-10 advantage on the offensive glass. The Mountain Lions, who finished with 20 fewer shots from the field, nailed 14 3-pointers compared to only seven for Clayton State. Young Harris also hit 21-of-26 from the free throw line compared to 9-of-12 for the Lakers.