SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Clayton State University women's basketball team used a big third quarter and survived a long delay to upend Armstrong State University, 61-55, in Peach Belt Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena.
The Lakers improve to 12-3 overall and 4-2 in the Peach Belt Conference, while the Pirates fell to 6-9 overall and 2-4 in the league. Armstrong State returns to action on Monday, hosting Georgia Southwestern at 1:30 p.m. in PBC action.
The Pirates trailed by three, 16-13, after the first quarter but outscored the Lakers 20-11 in the second to take a 33-27 lead into the break. Clayton State began the second half on a 19-7 run to take a six-point lead, 46-40, and carry that lead into the fourth quarter.
With 3:43 remaining in the fourth quarter, officials and Armstrong State personnel halted the game because of an apparent electrical fire underneath the north side bleachers. After an hour and 10 minute delay, SSPD officials deemed the gym safe to play and play resumed with Clayton State leading 55-49. The Lakers closed out the six-point win as the Pirates could get just one basket in the final 3:43 of the contest.
Junior Mercedes Jenkins led a trio of Pirates in double figures with 16 points, to go with six rebounds and four assists. Junior Machala Raymonville and junior Kasey Drayton each collected 14 points as well.
Clayotn State was led by Tierra Johnson's double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Andrea Benford added 19 points.
The Pirates shot just 28.8 percent from the floor (19-of-66) and hit just 5-of-26 three-pointers (19.2 percent) while hitting 12-of-16 free throws (75 percent). Clayton State shot 38.3 percent from the floor (23-of-60) and 20 percent from three-point range (2-of-10) while hitting only 54.2 percent from the free throw line (13-of-24).