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Senators drop opener to King College JV, 91-82
 November 2, 2012

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. --- Nathaniel Hughes connected on seven three-pointers and finished the game with 31 points as the King College JV team spoiled the season opener for the Walters State Senators Thursday night at Z Buda Gymnasium with a 91-82 win.
Hughes scored 19 of his 31 in the first half and Walters State head coach Bill Carlyle said his team simply had no answer for the former Hampton High School standout. “Our key players did not step up and do what they should have. Hughes hit everything and he killed us. We couldn’t guard him. We do everything cardio, to make everything as fast as we can get it and consequently get nothing done. We have a lot of work to do that’s for sure,” Carlyle said.

The Senators were led in scoring by Leland Robinson who had 21 points and also added six rebounds and two assists. Jeffrey Simpson had 16 points for Walters State and freshman Tyler Ailshie had an impressive debut as he finished the contest with 16 points and seven rebounds. Keenan Frodeen had 16 points for King with Jordan Steele adding 13 and Nathan Vannoy chipping in 11.

Walters State started out slow and fell behind 23-12 midway through the half. King increased their lead to 17 points at 39-22 with just over five minutes to play in the first half. Ailshie connected on a three-pointer for the home team with four ticks remaining to cut the King lead to 52-36 at the break.

The Senators had another slow start to the second half and fell down by as many as 19 at one point. But Walters State kept chipping away and narrowed the lead throughout most of the final 10 minutes of the game. Darius White got the lead under 10 points when he connected from downtown to cut the lead to 87-80 with 1:13 to go. The Senators had a chance to slash the margin even more but were unable to get any shots to go down.

One of the keys to the game was turnovers as Walters State committed 16 miscues compared to only three by the Tornadoes. King was also effective on the offensive boards as they had 13 rebounds of their own missed shots. King added 10 steals as well. The Tornadoes had 15 three-pointers compared to only seven for the Senators.

Walters State returns to action on November 7 as they take on Milligan’s JV team in Johnson City at 7 p.m.

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