Clayton State downs North Georgia 88-75 for road PBC win
Dahlonega, GA – After dropping an overtime heartbreaker on Thursday, the Clayton State Lakers bounced back in a big way Saturday, downing Peach Belt Conference foe North Georgia 88-75 in Dahlonega, GA.
The Lakers enjoyed one of their best shooting performances of the season, hitting 55 percent (33-of-60) from the floor and 57 percent from 3-point land (8-of-14). The Lakers got a season- high 23 points from forward Charles Shedrick in the win, as he hit 9-of-12 shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 from 3-point territory.
Leading 58-50 midway through the second half, Clayton State took control of the game with a 10-3 spurt in a three-minute stretch. Forward Omari Murray started the run with a basket, followed by Shedrick scoring two baskets, the second one a dunk in transition off a steal by center Andrew Bachanov.
After a free throw by North Georgia's Travis Core, the Lakers answered with two free throws by guard Zach Riddle. The Saints answered with a basket by Pat Moynihan before Clayton State guard Craig Wong drained a 3-pointer to cap the Laker run and give the squad a 68-53 lead with 8:54 left in the game.
Clayton State led by as many as 18 points until North Georgia made a late run. The Saints cut the Laker lead to 80-72 on a 3-pointer with 1:19 left and to seven points on a free throw thirty seconds later. But Clayton State guard Sirdarius Henry went 6-of-6 from the free throw line down the stretch and a dunk by forward Juron Dobbs put an exclamation point on the 13-point victory.
"A big spurt before the half and 23 points off 16 North Georgia turnovers propelled us to a much-needed road win," said head coach Gordon Gibbons. "Our entire rotation played efficient and together on both ends of the floor."
With the win, Clayton State improves to 8-10 overall and 4-7 Peach Belt Conference play. North Georgia drops to 11-6 and 6-4 in league competition. Clayton State will return to action on Thursday, hosting North Georgia in a 7:30 p.m. game at the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Behind Shedrick's 23 points, Henry added 14 points, followed by Murray with 13 points and guard Tony Dukes with 12. Wong chipped in 10 points off the bench.
Scott Windom led North Georgia with 12 points, followed by Tyler Norman with 11. Taylor Metzeger and Core each had 10 points.
Along with the Lakers having one their top shooting performances of the season, the squad also played well defensively. Clayton State held North Georgia to 34 percent (22-of-64) shooting from the field and only 31 percent (10-of-32) in the second half.