Saint Men Fall 88-75 to Clayton State on Homecoming
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia men's basketball team was unable to keep up with the fast pace of Claton State University, falling 88-75 to the Lakers on Homecoming Saturday evening.
The Saints (11-6, 6-4 PBC) closed out a four-game home stand with a 2-2 record while the Lakers (8-10, 4-7 PBC) put an end to a four-game losing skid that dated back to Jan. 16 when the Lakers fell 66-5-5 to USC Aiken following an 85-80 win over North Georgia at home.
Despite shooting just 34.4% (22-64) from the field in the game, five players ended the contest with double-digit point totals led by Scott Windom's 12. The senior forward came off the bench to play 24 minutes and also corralled in six rebounds, five off the offensive glass.
Tyler Norman and Robby Goldsmith also came off the bench and each scored 11 points. Goldsmith just missed out on a double-double as he had nine rebounds, five off the offenseive glass, and Norman finished with the Saints' best shooting percentage as he went 3-6 from the field.
The Lakers did very little wrong Saturday evening, shooting 55% (33-60) from the field which included going 8-14 from three-point range. The Lakers received 30 points from their bench and turned 16 North Georgia turnovers into 23 points.
Starting forward Charles Shedrick led all scorers with 23 points off an impressive 9-12 outing. He was also 3-5 from three-point range and hit both of his free throw attempts.
Behind Shedrick, Sidarius Henry collected 14 points, Omari Murray finished with 13, Tony Dukes had 12 and Craig Wong ended the game with 10 points.
The Lakers opened things up by turning two early turnovers by the Saints into four points off a Juron Dobbs dunk followed by a layup by Dobbs.
The Saints did manage to tie the game at nine-all when Metzger drilled home a three-pointer off an assist from Goldsmith, but the Lakers worked over the rest of the period to secure a 45-36 lead heading into the halftime intermission.
The second half was much of the same as the Saints struggled to cut into the lead, never pulling closer than seven when Norman hit one of his two free throws after being foulded with 55 seconds remaining.
North Georgia closed out their four-game home stand with a 2-2 record. The Saints will now hit the road for three straight conference games to close out January and open the month of February. First up will be a trip to Columbus, Ga. where the Saints will look to take on Columbus State University on Thursday, Jan. 31.