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Wilson's bucket in final seconds gives Senators 72-71 win
 November 11, 2012

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. --- Tyler Ailshie had a steal and fed the ball to Elgin Wilson who laid it in with 1.9 seconds remaining to propel the Walters State Senators to a thrilling 72-71 win over Roane State in the TCCAA opener for both teams Saturday night at the Z Buda Gymnasium.

The Senators appeared to be beaten when Corey Harris converted two free throws with 12 seconds remaining to put the Raiders up 71-68. Cedarius Taylor drove the length of the floor and kissed a shot off the basket and was fouled with seven seconds remaining. Shaken up on the play, Taylor stayed in the game to attempt the free throw to try to tie the game but he missed it. Roane State got the loose ball rebound and appeared to be ready to hold on for the win when Ailshie poked it away and got it into the hands of Wilson who scored the game-winner.

“Any win is a good win,” a relieved WSCC head coach Bill Carlyle said after the thrilling victory. “It wasn’t very pretty and I didn’t think we handled the situation very well and had the ball game won in regulation. We made mistake after mistake but so did Roane. It’s good to get a conference win.”

Leland Robinson led the Senators with 21 points and six rebounds. Darius White hit four three pointers to finish the game with 12 points. Wilson added 11 for the Senators with the two biggest being his last. Roane State had five players in double figures, led by Kevin Altidor’s 19 points and 10 rebounds. Chudier Pal had 14 points, Harris added 12, Valentino Thomas had 11 and Daquan Wright had 10. The Raiders lost despite shooting 50% (24-of-48) from the field. Walters State also was effective from the field as they finished 28-of-65 (43%).

The game was close throughout the entire contest as the lead changed hands 10 times and was tied 10 times as well. Walters State built their biggest lead at 30-18 but the Raiders clamped down on defense and cut the Senator’s advantage down to 35-32 at the half. The two teams struggled to get anything going for over a five minute span in the second half as they combined to score only six points. It appeared that Walters State would win the game in regulation as they led 58-57 with 26 ticks showing on the clock. The Senators had a chance to ice the game late but missed two free throws and Pal was fouled on the other end and connected on one his free tosses with seven seconds remaining to send the game to the extra frame.

“It was over, they had us beat,” Carlyle said of his team’s rally. “But they dumbed it up worse than we did so we will take what we can get. This good thing about this team is they are good, hard workers and they try hard but they just don’t make good decisions. But it is what it is and a win is a win.”

The Senators improve to 2-1 on the season and will host Wytheville (Va.) Community College on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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