PBC Tournament - Clayton State Upsets #14 Georgia College in PBC Quarterfinals, 77-66
By Alan Weston, GCSU
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Hitting 50 percent (30-60) from the
floor, Clayton State University men’s basketball upset No. 14
Georgia College & State University 77-66 Wednesday night at the
Centennial Center in the quarterfinals of the Marvin Vanover Peach
Belt Conference (PBC) Basketball Tournament, sponsored by
Clayton keeps its season alive at 16-12 advancing to the semifinals, facing USC Aiken Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m. in the USCA Convocation Center. The 22-5 Bobcats’ hopes of a PBC Tournament title come to a close, as now the No. 2 team in the region waits for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Guard Timothy Downs led the Laker charge with 17 points, adding six rebounds. He got help from Jaquas Dobbs with 14 points, Brandon Robinson with 12 and Robert Murry at 11.
For the Bobcats, senior guard Graham Martin had his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 boards, while senior guard Ty Rowland had 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Jake Rios led the squad with 17 points, hitting 4-of-6 from downtown.
The Bobcats struggled from the field, hitting just 31.7 percent (20-63) from the floor, including a paltry 29.4 percent (10-34) in the first half. The Lakers shot 52.8 percent (19-36) in that same half, jumping out to a 45-29 halftime lead.
The Lakers won in bench points (21-16), points off turnovers (17-7) and in the paint (46-16). Georgia College tried to get back in it via the three-point shot, but hit just 10-of-37 (.270) on the game.
The Bobcats started out well, owning a 20-14 lead with 11:16 left in the first half. Clayton took over there, going on a 31-9 run for the remainder of the first stanza. The Bobcats whittled away at a second-half advantage that reached a height of 20, getting it down to as low as seven, but could reach no closer.