Bobcats Claw #25 Clayton State, 58-49

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MORROW, Ga. - In a defensive battle, Georgia College & State University men's basketball (7-1, 1-1 PBC) did what no one else has done this season, downing No. 25 Clayton State University (9-1, 2-1 PBC) tonight (Jan. 5) 58-49.

Georgia College held the Lakers to just 16 first-half points, as Clayton State managed just 33 percent (18-54) shooting for the game. The Bobcats weren't much better at 39 percent (19-49) but hit 10 threes to Clayton's four to gain an edge.

Junior guard Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) led the Bobcats with 15 points, getting help from Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.) with 12.

The Bobcat defense was stifling, holding a team that averages 85.4 points per game to nearly half that. The 49 points was the fewest allowed by a Bobcat men's basketball team since UNC Pembroke managed just 43 Feb. 4, 2008 a 19-game stretch.

The lone Laker in double-digit scoring was Freddie Williams with a game-high 17 points.

The Lakers were fresh off a win over No. 7 Augusta State University Saturday, a clash of two nationally-ranked Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools. The last time the Bobcats beat a nationally-ranked squad was Feb. 24, 2007, when Shaun Keaton (Albany, Ga.) hit a 30-footer at the buzzer to win at then-No. 13 Clayton State. Keaton was held to seven points tonight.

Clayton had an early 7-3 lead just under four minutes in, but the Bobcats responded with a 25-9 run for the remaining 16 minutes of the first half to lead 28-16 at the buzzer. The lead reached as high as 16 on a Martin free-throw with 15:42 left in the second half.

The all-time series stretches to a 17-13 Bobcat advantage, ending a two-game losing streak for GCSU against the Lakers.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m., traveling to North Georgia College & State University (6-3, 0-3 PBC). The Saints most recently lost to Armstrong Atlantic State University tonight 74-67.

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