Clayton State outplays Georgia College down the stretch enroute to 65-59 win
Morrow, GA – The Clayton State men's basketball team fell behind early and trailed most of Thursday's game but kicked it into high gear down the stretch to pull out an important Peach Belt victory, edging Georgia College 65-59 at the Athletics & Fitness Center.
The Lakers trailed by eight points, 52-44, with 9:55 remaining after a 3-pointer by Quin Bivins but responded though with an 11-2 run over the next five minutes to take the lead.
A basket in the paint by forward Omari Murray gave the Lakers a 55-54 lead with 4:57 left in the contest. Murray had seven points during the run, while forward Charles Shedrick drained a 3-pointer and forward Juron Dobbs hit two free throws.
Georgia College came back and retook the lead on two free throws by Tarrance Chatman on the ensuing possession but Clayton State answered with a 3-pointer by guard Sirdarius Henry to take a 58-56 lead with 3:45 remaining.
A layup by the Bobcats' Royal Thomas tied the score again at 58 with 1:54 remaining but Clayton State outscored Georgia College 7-1 to close the game. Center Andrew Bachanov gave the Lakers the lead 61-58 on a three-point play after he was fouled in the paint. Clayton State's Dobbs and Henry drained four free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.
The win improves Clayton State to 9-10 overall and 5-7 in Peach Belt play. The Bobcats drop to 7-11 overall and 3-8 in conference games. Clayton State will return to action on Saturday, traveling to play Lander in 3:30 p.m. game.
Murray finished with 17 points for the Lakers, followed by Dobbs with 12 points. Bachanov added 11 points and pulled a game-high 12 rebounds.
Georgia College was led by Scott Ferguson with 27 points.