Men's basketball falls to Clayton State, 70-53

Jermel Kennedy
Jermel Kennedy

MORROW, Ga. – The Clayton State men's basketball team pulled away from Lander in the second half Wednesday night to claim a 70-53 Peach Belt Conference contest in the Athletics & Fitness Center.

Clayton State improves to 11-6 overall and 4-5 in the PBC, while Lander drops to 12-5, 5-4.

The Bearcats rallied in the final minutes of the first half to cut the Lakers halftime lead to 35-32, but Clayton State outscored its guests 35-21 in the second period to earn the win.

Jermel Kennedy posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Lander, while Dwight Tolbert, Corey Wright and David Pruett added 10 points each.

Teondra Williams led Clayton State with a game-high 19 points, while Anthony Salter netted 17, Andrew Bachanov had 12 points and seven rebounds, and Torrin Greene 11 points.

After Clayton State jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game, Lander rallied with a 13-5 run to take a 13-12 lead on a Wright layup at the 11:52 mark. After trading baskets for a few minutes, the Lakers eased out to its first double-digit lead at 33-23 with 1:38 left in the half.

Lander ended the half with two layups by Wright, a Tolbert three and a Kennedy layup.

Pruett opened the second half with a three to tie the game at 35-all and the Bearcats kept it close until midway through the half when the Lakers went on an 11-0 scoring spree to take a 66-49 lead with 5:33 left to play.

Neither team scored in the final 3:54 of the game.

Lander connected on 22-of-60 field goals for 36.7 percent, including 4-of-19 threes for 21.1 percent. The Bearcats also made 5-of-11 free throws for 45.5 percent.

Clayton State was 30-of-62 from the field for 48.4 percent, including 10-of-29 threes for 34.5 percent. The Lakers went 0-for-2 from the free throw line.