No. 7 Clayton State rolls past So. Poly in first game of Heritage Bank Classic
MORROW, Ga. -- Clayton State scoring duo of Shacamra Jackson and Yishica Sims struck again Friday for the seventh-ranked Lakers scoring 23 and 20 points, respectively to lead Clayton State to a 64-54 win against Southern Poly in the Heritage Bank Holiday Classic at the Athletics Center.
Leading 48-44 with 6:26 remaining in the game, Clayton State used a 12-3 run within the next three minutes to take control of the contest. Sims ignited the game-deciding stretch with a 3-pointer to give the Lakers a 51-44 advantage with 6:09 left and then gave the team a 10-point advantage 55-45 with 5:05 left on a basket in transition.
After two free throws by Southern Poly's Alexandria Prince, Jackson came back with a basket in the paint before a three-point play by Sims pushed the Laker lead to 13-points with 3:16 remaining.
Southern Poly cut the deficit to nine points, 62-53, with 1:26 remaining but would come no closer. Jackson drained two free throws in the final minute to seal the 10-point victory.
With the win, the Lakers improve to 7-1 on the season, while Southern Poly drops to 6-3. Clayton State will return to action on Saturday in Heritage Bank Holiday Classic, hosting Lenoir-Rhyne. The Bears defeated Lander 75-54 in the first game of the Classic on Friday.
No. 5 Colorado Mesa 89, Fort Lewis 65
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Fifth-ranked Colorado Mesa withstood a second-half surge by Fort Lewis and came away with an 89-65 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win Friday night in Brownson Arena.
At halftime, the Mavericks had a comfortable 44-30 lead. Colorado Mesa shot 50 percent (16 of 32) from the field and held the Skyhawks to just 34.4 percent (11 of 32.) Christen Lopez paced the Mavericks with nine points, four rebounds and five assists in the half.
The Skyhawks answered back early in the second half with a 14-2 run to cut the deficit to two at 46-44.
After a Maverick timeout, they were able to extend their lead and led by as many as 24 in the second half. The score was never tied and CMU never trailed in the contest.
Sharaya Selsor led all scorers with 29 points (14 of 15 from the free-throw line) with 22 points coming in the second half. She added eight rebounds and handed out six assists.
"That's the thing with the new rules, how do stop her? She is so aggressive and getting to the basket," Mavericks head coach Taylor Wagner said about Selsor.
Four other Mavericks scored in double figures. Lopez had 15 points, Aubry Boehme had 11 and Taylor Rock and Siu Lo'Amanu each had 10.
Colorado Mesa shot 49.1 percent from the field, including 40 percent from behind the 3-point arc, and 84.4 percent from the free-throw line. The Mavericks outrebounded the Skyhawks 43-29 and handed out more assists, 22-13.
The Skyhawks shot 37.9 percent from the field and only made two 3-point baskets on the night. Erike Richards led Fort Lewis with 21 points.
No. 6 Drury 76, Montana State-Billings 75
LAS VEGAS -- Annie Armstrong sank a15-foot jumper as the final horn sounded to lift the sixth-ranked Drury to a 76-75 victory against Montana State-Billings on Friday afternoon in the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic.
The Lady Panthers improved to 9-0 overall with the thrilling win, rallying from a 15-point, first-half deficit to equal the 2004-05 Drury squad for the best start in the program's 14-year history.
And they did so by weathering a rebounding and 3-point onslaught in the opening half by the Yellowjackets (8-4), the preseason favorites in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, on the strength of 16 first-half points by 6-foot-7 center by Amber Dvorak to keep the damage minimized to an eight point halftime deficit.
Help arrived from several places in the second half, as the Lady Panthers opened with a 21-8 spurt to start the half and grab a 58-53 lead, then battled MSU-Billings punch for punch down the stretch to set the stage for Armstrong's heroics.
It was sweet vindication for Armstrong, a sophomore guard and transfer from Eckerd, after she missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw situation with 23 seconds left and the Lady Panthers leading 74-72.