MORROW, Ga. — The contest between division rivals No. 17 Georgia Southwestern and Clayton State would be a barnburner as the Lakers (7-1, 1-0 PBC) would edge out the Hurricanes 85-84 in double overtime.
Evan Mobley led all scorers with 26 points, which included numerous clutch three-pointers and lay-ups in both overtimes. He also tallied six rebounds and three assists in addition to his 26 points. Phillip Brown would post 21 points, 19 rebounds and two blocks in the loss.
In the losing effort, GSW shot 42.2 percent from the field and won the rebounding margin by 16 rebounds. They would be plagued by 21 turnovers in the game, which translated into 24 Laker points.
Teondre Williams led the Laker offense with 20 points. He was supported by Andrew Bachanov (16 points and eight rebounds) and Anthony Salter (15 points).
The game featured a Williams versus GSW pace early as the transfer from Oregon scored CSU’s first nine points. His three 3-pointers gave the Lakers the early 9-8 lead going into the game’s first media timeout.
Early offensive execution for GSW was spotty, but Phillip Brown made up for it with his hard work on the boards. He cleaned the offensive glass, made free throws and blocked shots to keep the game close in the first 10 minutes.
Clayton State would ride hot 3-point shooting to their 36-28 halftime lead. The Lakers shot 6-12 from beyond the arc. The home team was led by Williams with 11 first-half points despite sitting much of the time with two fouls.
Teammate Andrew Bachanov would chip in nine points of his own while grabbing four rebounds.
Brown had nine points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in the first frame. Mobley and Jamon Hawkins each scored five points in the half.
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GSW trailed by eight at half despite out-rebounding the Lakers 24-16 and converting 9-13 foul shots. This was stymied by shooting 8-28 and committing 10 turnovers in the first half.
A 9-4 Clayton State run in the first five minutes of the second half capitalized on mediocre GSW defense. This pushed the Laker lead to 13 points.
Brown would continue to carry the load offensively and on the glass to keep the game from getting out of hand. The one-man offensive show would be supported by Colin Slotter. The duo would cut the Clayton State lead to two points with eight minutes to play.
The Georgia Southwestern offense wouldn’t be able to take control of the game. Its turnover plagued offense would give CSU a 10-point lead with 3:13 left to play. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Will Kenimer and Mobley would cut the lead to four points in less than 90 seconds.
Georgia Southwestern would grind the game down as Clayton State missed a late free throw. Kenimer would catch a pass, pump fake and fire a jump shot to tie the game. Kenimer’s foot was just inside the arc, which forced the game into overtime.
The overtime period would see-saw back and forth as both teams. Williams would tie the game at 76 with his 16th and 17th points with 37 seconds remaining. GSW would turn it over on the following in-bound pass.
Williams would later miss a contested 3-point shot. Mobley would rebound and miss a half court heave as time expired to send the game to double overtime.
The back and forth pace of play would continue in the second overtime as Salter answered a Mobley lay-up with one of his own with 2.2 seconds left in the second overtime period. Mobley would toss a desperation half court shot that would miss as time expired.