MORROW, GA – North Georgia College &
State University trailed by four at halftime, but the Saints could
never get a lead in the second half, falling 81-62 at Clayton State
University Wednesday evening in Peach Belt Conference action.
North Georgia falls to 8-7 overall and 2-7 in the PBC, while Clayton State puts a halt to a five-game losing streak and improves to 10-5 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
Clayton State led by as many as 11 points midway through the first half before the Saints came back and pulled to within four at intermission. Clayton State scored 18 of their 36 points in the first half behind the arc, but North Georgia used a 23-16 rebounding advantage to keep it close and find themselves down by four at halftime.
Clayton State pushed their second half lead to 10 points at 55-45 with 10:53 left when a Laker Foul was followed by a technical foul, sending North Georgia to the line for four straight free throws where they pulled to within six points at 55-49 with 9:36 remaining.
The Lakers followed North Georgia’s run with a stretch of their own that saw them extend their lead to 12 at 63-51 with 6:55 remaining.
In the final minutes, Clayton State built their lead to as many as 20 points before coming away with the 81-62 victory.
Michael Moynihan led three Saints in double figures, scoring 15 points, while Brody Langston and Anthony Rowe tallied 11 points apiece.
The Saints return to action at Georgia Southwestern on January 28, taking on the Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m.