January 11, 2014

Clayton State Sneaks Past Nighthawks 83-81 In Tight Peach Belt Affair

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – Visiting Clayton State University squeezed out a tight 83-81 Peach Belt Conference West Division victory over the University of North Georgia men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in UNG's Memorial Hall.  CSU's Charles Shedrick accounted for the difference when he connected on a driving layup in the game's final minute. 

The Nighthawks had an opportunity to tie or win on the game's final possession but a three-pointer by the Travis Core was just off the mark.

The game was tight throughout the entire second half with neither team leading by more than six. Clayton State jumped out to a quick lead and took a 10-point advantage, 20-10, on a three-pointer by guard Corbyn Moye with 12:40 remaining in the period. The Lakers maintained a double-digit lead and pushed their lead to as many as 13 points, 37-24, with five minutes left in the half.

North Georgia rallied to cut the deficit to five points, 40-35, on a three-pointer by guard Lamar Richardson. Two baskets by the Nighthawks' Chris Tanzy, including a buzzer-beating floater, closed the half and cut the Laker lead to 40-39 at intermission.  

The second half was tight throughout with neither team holding more than a two-possession lead. A layup by CSU's Kelsey Terry with 1:40 remaining marked the seventh tie of the second half and set up the final frenzy.   

Tanzy came off the bench to lead the Nighthawks with 16 points. Forward Michael Varrichione finished with 14 points while Richardson and Core rounded out North Georgia's double figure scorers with 12 and 11 respectively.  Richardson connected on 4-6 threes on the day.

Ishmael Hollis, the PBC's leading scorer, was held to nine points on 3-10 shooting but the senior forward was able to collect a team-best nine rebounds. 

Clayton State's Omari Murray led all scorers with 20 points.  Moye added 18 on 6-9 from the floor while Shedrick and Terry added 17 and 11 respectively.  Moye was good on 6-7 shots from behind the three-point line and accounted for all of the Lakers' makes from downtown. 

North Georgia drops consecutive games for the first time this season and falls to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in PBC play.  Clayton State earned its first league win of the year improving to 5-8 overall and 1-5 in the conference. 

UNG returns to action on Wednesday, January 15th when the Nighthawks host Georgia College in a 7:30 Peach Belt matchup in Memorial Hall.