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Senators fall to Southwest Tennessee, 88-70
 January 28, 2013

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – The Walters State Senators had an opportunity to move into the top four in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association standings if they could get a win against rival Southwest Tennessee Sunday.
Hopes for a win were dashed early on however, as the visiting Saluqis took the lead in the opening two minutes and never looked back in claiming a 88-70 victory over the Senators inside ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium.

With the win, the Saluqis improves to 8-5 on the season and 6-5 in Tennessee Community College Athletic Association action. The loss drops the Senators to 10-11 overall and 5-6 in league play.

The Senators took an early lead by scoring the first basket of the game, but a 3-pointer by Montrezes Gary for Southwest gave them the lead for good.

Anthony Green highlighted a 10-2 run for the Saluqis with a monster dunk, giving Southwest a 10-4 lead five minutes in. Walters State’s Tyler Ailshie cut the lead to 18-15 on a 3-pointer, but the Senators never got closer than that.

Diere McElroy scored five straight points and sparked an 11-0 run to move the lead to 29-15, and he and Green had back-to-back rim jarring slams to increase the lead to 39-19 with 6:02 left in the half. The Saluqis led by as much as 22 before taking a 53-33 lead at halftime.

Southwest built the lead by shooting a blazing 58.3 percent (21 of 36) from the field in the first half, and they made 4 of 8 from behind the 3-point line. McElroy led the charge with 15 points, while Justin Street added 10 and Gary had nine.

Leland Robinson did his best to keep the Senators in it during the first half by scoring 12 points, but 14 first half turnovers for WSCC were costly.

The Senators showed signs of life early in the second half, with Ailshie scoring six points in an 8-2 run that cut the deficit to 55-41, but Street hit two straight shots in a 6-0 spurt to quickly push the lead back to 20 at 61-41.

Walters State briefly cut the lead to 14 again with 5:34 left, but another run by the Saluqis put the game away.

Southwest Tennessee shot 55.6 percent (35 of 63) from the field in the contest, and they scored 27 points off of 22 Walters State turnovers.

Street scored 25 points to lead the Saluqis, while McElroy added 19 and Gary had 13 in the win.

The Senators shot 49.2 percent (29 of 59) from the floor, and they made just 11 of 21 from the free throw line. Robinson scored 20 points to pace WSCC, while Wilson and Ailshie both had 16 in the loss.

The Senators will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to Bristol to take on the King College JV Tornado. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

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