MORROW, Ga. - Clayton State held Augusta State to a season-low point total and defeated the Jaguars 65-55 Saturday night in a Peach Belt Conference matchup of nationally-ranked teams at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
The No. 25 Lakers remained undefeated, improving to 9-0 and 2-0 in the PBC. Seventh-ranked ASU dropped to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the league.
Junior guard Ben Madgen had 14 points for ASU and Daniel Dixon registered 11, all in the first half. Senior center Garret Siler was held in check, posting eight points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
Bernard Fields paced the Lakers with 20 points and Will Lewis tallied 14. Brian Kelly grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
ASU, which shot a season-low 31.7 percent from the field, dropped fell to 13-5 all-time vs. nationally-ranked opponents under fifth-year head coach Dip Metress. The loss also marked the first setback on the road for the Jags this season.
The Lakers shot 60.9 percent in the second half and outscored ASU 40-25 after the Jags went into halftime with a 30-25 lead.
ASU owned a 35-29 advantage following a Steve Smith basket with 17:37 left in the game. The Lakers bounced back with an 8-0 spurt that included six points from Fields to move in front 37-35.
The Jags regained a 43-40 lead on a three-point play from Smith with 11:09 to play. A pair of Freddie Williams layups gave the Lakers a 44-43 edge a minute later before Madgen gave ASU a 45-44 lead on two free throws at the 9:41 mark.
Clayton had the final answer, putting together a 13-1 run that Fields capped with a trey for a 57-46 lead with 5:01 to play. The Jags, who went the final 11:09 without a field goal, never got closer than seven the rest of the way.