Although Clayton State University is in the midst of its winter break until Jan. 2, 2013, those fourth-ranked, undefeated, untied, and practically untouched (they’re only giving up 47 points per game – second in NCAA Division II) Clayton State Lakers of Coach Dennis Cox will return to action before the New Year in the annual Heritage Bank Holiday Classic, to be played on Saturday, Dec. 29, and Sunday, Dec. 30, in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
The Heritage Bank Holiday Classic has been a staple of the Lakers’ schedule over the past few seasons thanks to the support of both the Stockbridge-based bank and of one of the foremost boosters of Clayton State Athletics, Heritage Bank President and CEO Leonard Moreland, who is also chair of the Clayton State University Foundation.
The Lakers will play Benedict at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by Barton at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Also participating in the tournament will be the Peach Belt’s Lander University, who will take on Barton at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Benedict at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The Laker men’s and women’s teams will return after New Year’s with a pair of Peach Belt doubleheaders; Thursday, Jan. 3 (5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) against Armstrong Atlantic and Saturday, Jan. 5 (1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) against Flagler.