Big Second Half Sends Clayton State Past #19 Nighthawks 88-70
MORROW, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – Host Clayton State University outscored #19 North Georgia 48-29 in the second half to rally back for an 88-70 Peach Belt Conference victory on Saturday in CSU's Athletics Center. North Georgia led by as many as 14 points (36-22) with just over five minutes left in the first period but saw that lead cut to a single point (41-40) at the break.
After ending the first half on a 14-2 run, the Lakers would pick up where they left off and open the second period with a 16-4 run to extend their lead to double figures. A three-pointer by UNG's Molly Rainwater with 12:08 left in the game would bring the Nighthawks to within seven (56-49) and marked the last time Clayton State led by less than 10.
Clayton State maintained its double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest. A layup by North Georgia's Jordan Livesay cut the deficit to 12 points with 4:44 remaining but Clayton State followed with an 8-1 run to seal the game. A jumper in the paint by Andrea Benford gave the Lakers a 19-point advantage, 82-63, with 2:40 remaining.
Mimi Hill led North Georgia (14-3, 8-2 PBC) with a game-high 23 points. Stephanie Huffman recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Rainwater finished with nine points courtesy of a 3-8 performance from long distance.
Shacamra Jackson and Benford shared team-high honors for Clayton State (12-5, 7-3) with 22 points as the duo combined to connect on 17-23 shots from the floor. The tandem also combined for 10 blocks with each forward collecting five.
CSU outrebounded the Nighthawks 40-33 and was able to make good on 32-60 (53%) of their shots from the field compared to just 25-67 (37%) from North Georgia.
North Georgia returns to action on Wednesday, January 29 with a home PBC game with Columbus State with tipoff set for 5:30 PM in Memorial Hall. The game will be UNG's Military Appreciation Night.