Game-ending run carries Lakers past FMU 75-66

Game-ending run carries Lakers past FMU 75-66

MORROW, GA – Second-seeded Clayton State University scored the game's final 10 points to erase a one-point deficit and claim a 75-66 win over third-seeded Francis Marion University, Saturday evening (Feb. 27) in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 Peach Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.

Francis Marion falls to 21-8 and must now await the March 6 announcement of the NCAA Division II National Tournament field to see if the Patriots will receive an at-large bid.  Clayton State improves to 22-5 and advances to next Saturday's semifinals.

Senior Alaysia Watts and sophomore forward Briana Burgins each scored 13 points to lead FMU. Watts also notched her 10th double-double of the season as she hauled down 11 rebounds.  Sophomore Khayani Chandler registered 12 points off the bench on 5-of-10 shooting, while senior guard Camille Dash added 10 points.

A pair of reserves led Clayton State as Tweety Hawkins scored 18 points and Daquenna Moore tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Francis Marion held a 66-65 advantage after a lay-in by Dash with 2:25 left.  On the ensuing possession, Clayton State's Kayla Price hit a three-pointer to put the Lakers on top for good and two missed layups and two turnovers on the next four FMU possessions allowed Clayton State to assume a 73-66 lead with under a minute to play.

The Patriots opened the game with a 12-2 run as FMU connected on five of its first six shots.  Consecutive three-pointers by Watts and Chandler produced an 18-9 advantage near the end of the first quarter.  Francis Marion hit five of its first eight three-point shots, but only one of its final seven.

An 8-0 spurt by the Lakers put Clayton State on top by one early in the second period, but Francis Marion answered with its own 8-0 spurt to go up 28-21 following a three-pointer by junior guard Victoria Dye.  The Lakers responded with a 15-2 run to close the first half and left for the locker room at halftime holding a 36-30 lead.

The FMU deficit stretched to 40-33, but Francis Marion rallied to claim a 49-48 lead after a fast-break lay-in by freshman Shaunice Fulmore with 3:03 remaining in the third quarter.  The Lakers entered the final period with a narrow 55-54 margin.

A pair of layups by Dash quickly put FMU back on top 58-55, but Clayton State again responded with a 10-4 spurt to go ahead 65-62.  A bucket by Chandler brought FMU to within 65-64 with 5:13 on the clock, but neither team would score over the next 2:48 until Dash put the Patriots up for the final time.  Clayton State shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the floor over the final 20 minutes.

The game featured a combined 58 turnovers with FMU committing 30 and Clayton State 28.

Francis Marion shot 43.3 percent from the floor, including 6-of-15 shots from beyond the arc, while hitting 8-of-13 free throws.  Clayton State finished the game at 50 percent from the field, was 5-of-12 from three-point territory, and shot 12-of-17 at the foul line.

 

 
2-27-16 5:30 PM at Morrow, Ga.
CLAYTON STATE 75, FRANCIS MARION 66
FRANCIS MARION (21-8)
Briana Burgins 4-11 5-6 13; Alaysia Watts 5-13 0-0 13; Khayani Chandler 5-10
0-0 12; Camille Dash 4-10 2-5 10; TeTe Flowers 3-6 1-2 7; Shaunice Fulmore
3-5 0-0 6; Victoria Dye 1-4 0-0 3; Courtney Wood 1-1 0-0 2; Kristin Tines
0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 8-13 66.
CLAYTON STATE (22-5)
Tweety Hawkins 8-13 0-0 18; Daquenna Moore 5-11 3-3 13; K. Jones-Barrett 4-7
3-4 12; Covington,Jessica 3-8 2-2 9; Shay Upshaw 3-4 1-2 7; Andrea Benford
2-3 2-2 6; Tierra Johnson 2-5 1-4 5; Pryce,Kayla 2-5 0-0 5; Aniefok Udofia
0-0 0-0 0; Dennard,Dejoun 0-2 0-0 0; Hynes,Alexus 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-58
12-17 75.
Francis Marion................   20   10   24   12  -   66
Clayton State.................   15   21   19   20  -   75
3-point goals--Francis Marion 6-15 (Alaysia Watts 3-5; Khayani Chandler 2-3;
Victoria Dye 1-2; TeTe Flowers 0-1; Camille Dash 0-3; Briana Burgins 0-1),
Clayton State 5-12 (Tweety Hawkins 2-4; K. Jones-Barrett 1-1;
Covington,Jessica 1-4; Pryce,Kayla 1-2; Dennard,Dejoun 0-1). Fouled
out--Francis Marion-None, Clayton State-None. Rebounds--Francis Marion 34
(Alaysia Watts 11), Clayton State 33 (Daquenna Moore 12). Assists--Francis
Marion 14 (TeTe Flowers 5), Clayton State 18 (K. Jones-Barrett 5). Total
fouls--Francis Marion 19, Clayton State 18. Technical fouls--None. A-232