DAHLONEGA—The North Georgia men’s basketball team was unable to keep up with the fast pace of Clayton State University, falling 88-75 to the Lakers on Homecoming Saturday evening.
The Saints (11-6, 6-4 Peach Belt Conference) had five players with double-digit point totals led by Scott Windom’s 12. Tyler Norman and Robby Goldsmith also came off the bench and each scored 11 points. Starters Tayler Metzger and Travis Core were the final two players to finish in double-figures as both guards collected 10 points.
The Lakers did very little wrong Saturday evening, shooting 55 percent (33 of 60) from the field which included going 8 of 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-for-12 outing. He was also 3 of 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.
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 where the Saints will look to take on Columbus State on Thursday.
CLAYTON STATE WOMEN 88, NORTH GEORGIA 56: The Saints were unable to keep up with third-ranked Lakers, ultimately falling to the 2011 National Champions.
North Georgia (7-10, 5-5 Peach Belt Conference) was led by a trio of players in double-digit scoring including Gainesville grad Jaymee Carnes with 17 points, Mimi Hill with 11 and Keeley Chester with 10. Carnes secured another double-double with 10 rebounds, all off the defensive glass, after being held to just eight points in the first half. Hill scored five of her points at the charity stripe while Chester had four free throws.
The Saints shot 39.5 percent (17 of 43) from the field in the game, but 23 turnovers marred the Saints’ progress as Clayton State turned them into 33 points. North Georgia was also out-rebounded 40-31 and gave up 20 second chance points to the Lakers.
The Lakers, which finished the game shooting 45.6 percent (31 of 68) as a team, were led by Keona Dixon’s 23 points off a 7-for-10 performance from the field which included going 5 of 8 from three-point range.
Behind Dixon, Drameka Griggs, Clayton State’s leading scorer on the season, scored 16 points while Kayla Mobley finished with 15 and Shacamra Jackson and Bena Howard each ended the 40 minutes with 11.
North Georgia closed out a 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, where the Saints will look to take on Columbus State in what could shape up to be one of the most important PBC West Division matchups as the two are battling it out for the all-important fourth-spot in the division standings.