Tuesday, March 1, 2011
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Southwestern (20-7) now plays UNC Pembroke in the PBC Tournament semifinals at 8 p.m. on Saturday at USC Aiken.
AMERICUS -- Led by 29 second-half points from Trayce Macon, the Georgia Southwestern men's basketball team punched its ticket to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament's Final Four with an 87-68 victory against Clayton State in the Storm Dome on Tuesday evening.
Macon connected on 8 of 11 shots, including 5 of 6 from beyond the arc, during the final 20 minutes to help GSW open a lead of 23 points and never look back en route to the win.
The Hurricanes grabbed a 7-4 advantage off an Evan Mobley three-pointer with 16:59 remaining in the first half and led from there.
A 9-0 run midway through the opening period helped GSW build a 13-point lead (29-16) before Clayton State cut the margin to five at the break, 32-27.
Brandon Robinson drained a pair of free throws for the Lakers with 16:02 left in the game to pull within two points, 38-36, but an ensuing 18-3 GSW run put the game out of reach. The Hurricanes shot 56 percent from the field in the second half, including a whopping 8-for-11 (73 percent) from three-point range.
Macon finished with a game-high 32, while Colin Slotter added 23 points for GSW, Mobley chipped in 11 and Phillip Brown grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and blocked six shots.
GSW's last 30-plus point performance came Nov. 11, 2008, when Anthony Sargent scored 34 at Lincoln Memorial.