MORROW, Ga. - The Georgia Southwestern men's basketball team suffered a 64-63 defeat Saturday evening against Clayton State University in The Loch.
GSW continues to struggle away from Americus with its road record dipping to 1-11 this season. The Hurricanes fell 7-16 overall and 5-11 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Clayton State won its third straight game and improved to 14-11, 9-7 in the PBC.
GSW shook off a pair of five-point deficits over the opening 20 minutes and rode an 11-2 run into the final minute of the half before Marquise Clark drained a 3-pointer for Clayton State with 25 seconds remaing to cut the GSW advantage to 35-30 at the break.
For the second consecutive game, the Hurricanes were unable to hold on to a halftime lead.
A scoring drought of nearly four minutes early in the second period allowed Clayton State to wipe out a seven-point lead for the Hurricanes and tie the game at 41-41 with 14:22 to play.
The game went back-and-forth over the next eight minutes until Alfonso Davis made a layup for Clayton State with 6:29 remaining to put the Lakers ahead, 54-53. GSW kept it close and pulled within a point after two Cameron Dozier free throws in the closing seconds. Clayton State missed a pair of free throws with six seconds left to give GSW one final possession, but the Hurricanes, trailing by a point, were unable to get a shot off and turned the ball over as time expired.
Davis finished with a game-high 19 points and team-best seven rebounds to lead Clayton State. Maurice White added13 points and Jaumonee Byrd scored 10.
The Hurricanes return home to host Georgia College on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Senior Night ceremonies will take place prior to tip-off.