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No. 18 Mountain Lions thwart late Laker rally to take 66-63 win

Photo by Steve Miller / YHC Athletics

Eden Davis and Kennedy Willis combined for 28 points as No. 18 Young Harris College remained unbeaten as they defeated Clayton State University 66-63 in a Peach Belt Conference men's basketball game Wednesday (Jan. 4) evening at The Loch.

The Mountain Lions improved to 12-0 overall and to 3-0 in the league, while the Lakers fell to 2-10 and 0-2. YHC returns to the Harp Recreation & Commencement Center Saturday (Jan. 7) for a 3:30 p.m. PBC contest against No. 10 Augusta University. It will be the first time in program history that two nationally ranked teams will face each other in the Enchanted Valley.


  • Clayton State opened up a 28-21 lead after Xavier Joyner nailed a three-pointer with 5:52 left in the first half.

  • Young Harris then took control of the game as they outscored the Lakers 20-2 - including the last 14 in a row - as the Mountain Lions took a 41-30 lead after Turahn Thompson hit a free throw with 18:23 remaining in the game. Davis accounted for seven points during the run.

  • The Mountain Lions took their largest lead of the game - 16 points (62-46) - after Christian Schach connected on a three-pointer with 8:22 to go. Schach connected on all three of his three-point attempts against the Lakers.

  • The Lakers' defense stiffened as they held YHC without a point over the next seven minutes and eight seconds and Clayton State tied the game at 62 after Wes Williams' three-pointer with 1:42 to play.

  • On the ensuing Young Harris possession, Willis sank a jumper with 74 seconds left to give the Mountain Lions a 64-62 lead.

  • Clayton State closed to 64-63 after making a free throw before Davis sealed the game for the Mountain Lions at 66-63 by hitting both ends of a one-and-one with 13.8 seconds left. Prior to the Davis free throws, the Mountain Lions, who entered the game shooting 74.7 percent from the charity stripe, were only hit 3-of-11 from the free throw line.

  • Davis went 6-of-8 from the floor as he scored 16 points, while Willis went 6-of-9 and scored a career-high 12 points.

  • Schach tallied nine points, while Karl Chavis and Josh Petteno accounted for eight points apiece. Chavis grabbed seven rebounds, while Paul Hosey and Thompson had six each.

  • YHC outscored the Lakers 32-16 in the paint, while the Mountain Lions scored 18 points off Clayton State's 14 turnovers.

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