November 22, 2011

Clayton State men suffer first defeat of the season 78-68 against West Georgia

MORROW, Ga. – November 22, 2011 – Teondre Williams had a career night, but the Clayton State Laker men's basketball team could not withstand a late charge by visiting West Georgia in falling to the Wolves 78-68 on Tuesday at the Athletics and Fitness Center.

The defeat drops Clayton State to 2-1 overall, while West Georgia remains unbeaten at 5-0. This was the first time since the 2008-09 season that these two in-state rivals have squared off.

For the third straight game, Williams paced the Lakers in scoring. The 6-foot-5 senior wing and Division I transfer from Oregon poured in a career-high 26 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the field and 4-for-6 from 3-point range. But West Georgia had a balanced scoring attack, and the Wolves made some big baskets in the second half to pull away.

Clayton State led by as much as 10 points in the first half on 50 percent shooting from 3-point range before West Georgia trimmed the Laker lead to 36-32 at halftime. In the second half, however, the Wolves made their move.

Taking the lead on a 3-point basket by Ryan Godfrey at the 14:52 mark, West Georgia stretched its lead to as many as seven points. A 3-point play by Taylor Cochran gave the Wolves a 54-47 lead with 8:28 remaining.

However, Clayton State stormed back. Williams connected on two straight 3-point baskets, and then Torrin Greene connected on a 3-point basket to trim the West Georgia lead to 60-59 at the 5:20 mark. The Lakers took a one-point lead on two free throws by Anthony Salter, and then Salter tied the game 63-63 on a driving lay-up with 3:55 remaining.

But on the Wolves' ensuing possession, forward Da'Ron Sims scored on a jump hook in the lane, and West Georgia never relinquished the lead.

In addition to Williams, Salter scored 12 points for Clayton State, while Greene scored nine points off the bench on three 3-point baskets. For the game, Clayton State shot 53 percent from 3-point range and 71 percent from the free throw line.

Sims scored a game-high 27 points for West Georgia, while Cochran scored 15 points off the bench. Quincy Hill scored 13 points and Gavin Field added 11 points for the Wolves.

Clayton State is back in action on Saturday, playing host to Wingate at 4 p.m. at the Athletics and Fitness Center.

Questions and comments should be directed to gidrowell@clayton.edu

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