Lakers drop overtime heartbreaker to Augusta State 70-68 Thursday
Augusta, GA – A driving layup with 3.6 seconds in overtime was the difference Thursday, as Clayton State fell 70-68 to Augusta State at Christenberry Fieldhouse in Augusta, GA.
Clayton State had a chance on its final play after a long pass the length of the court but was unable to convert on a couple of last second shot attempts in the paint.
The loss drops Clayton State to 10-11 on the season and 6-8 in Peach Belt play. Augusta State improves to 11-8 and 6-6 in league action. The Lakers will return to action on Saturday, hosting Montevallo for Homecoming.
The Lakers led 65-64 with 1:43 remaining in overtime on a basket by junior Omari Murray only to have Augusta's Richard Weems immediately answer with a 3-pointer, three of his game-high 32 points in the contest.
After a Jaguar free throw, Clayton State's Sirdarius Henry knotted the score at 68, as he made a basket and was fouled on a strong move to the hoop. His free tied the score with 35 seconds in the game, setting up the game winning play by Augusta's Weem's in the final seconds.
Clayton State trailed 34-27 at intermission but battle back and took a 51-49 lead on a 3-pointer by Henry with 10:13 left in the second half. Neither team led by more than three points for the rest of the half, and the game was deadlocked at 61 at the end of regulation.
Murray and Henry led Clayton State with 12 points apiece, while junior Juron Dobbs finished with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Behind Weems' 32 points, D'Angelo Boyce finished with 17 points, followed by Travis Keels with 11.