Clayton State captures third straight Peach Belt win, beats Lander 52-48
Greenwood, SC – Clayton State men's basketball played well down the stretch Saturday to pick up its third straight Peach Belt Conference victory, beating Lander 52-48 in Greenwood, SC.
With the game tied at 46 apiece with 4:11 remaining, the Lakers clamped down defensively and outscored the Bearcats 6-2 in the final two minutes to pull out the win.
A driving layup by guard Tony Dukes gave the Lakers a two-point advantage, 48-46, with 2:11 remaining in the game. The squad extended its lead after a Bearcat turnover and fast-break layup by for forward Charles Shedrick.
Lander answered with a baseline jumper by Jareal Smith to cut the Laker lead to two points with 1:24 left, but Clayton State hit just enough free throws and held Lander scoreless in the last minute for the victory. Forward Juron Dobbs and guard Sirdarius Henry each drained a free throw to seal the win.
The second half was tight throughout with six lead changes and the game being tied twice. Neither team led by more than five points in the final period. Lander raced out to an early 10-point lead, but Clayton State battled back and took a 26-23 advantage at intermission.
With the win, the Lakers improve to 10-10 on the year and 6-7 in conference play. Lander drops to 6-12 on the year and 1-10 in Peach Belt play. Clayton State will return to action on Thursday to face Augusta State in Augusta, GA.
For the Lakers, Dukes finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Center Andrew Bachanov had nine points and nine rebounds, followed by Henry with nine points.
Lander was led by Daruis Carrier with 16 points, followed Dermaine Smith with 12 points and 13 rebounds. David Pruett chipped in 11 points.
Clayton State shot only 30.4 percent (17-of-56) from the floor compared to 38.5 percent (20-of-52) for the Bearcats. Neither team shot well from 3-point territory, as Clayton State hit 4-of-24 and Lander was 0-of-11.
The Lakers overcame their off shooting day, thanks to getting extra shot attempts with a 14-8 advantage on the offensive boards and committing only seven turnovers compared to 15 for Lander.