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Senators drop 70-61 decision at Columbia State
 February 2, 2013

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — The Walters State Senators could not sustain their fast start on Saturday, as the Columbia State Chargers roared back to take a 70-61 victory over the Senators in a Tennessee Community College Athletic Association contest played inside Webster Fieldhouse.

The Senators led 19-7 with 9:02 left in the first half, but a 20-8 run by the home team tied the game at 27 by halftime. The Chargers took the lead early in the second half and never trailed again in collecting an important TCCAA victory.

With the win, defending TCCAA champion Columbia State improves to 9-10 on the season and 6-5 in league play. The loss drops Walters State to 11-13 overall and 5-8 in TCCAA games.

The Senators got huge efforts from both Elgrin Wilson and Jeff Simpson in the contest, with Wilson tossing in a game-high 18 points and Simpson recording a career-high 15 points in the game. Their effort just wasn’t enough.

The Chargers countered with 17 points from Chris House and 10 markers from Ricardo Martin, and they shot 53 percent from the field in the second half as a team to pull away.

Walters State shot better in the second half than they did in the first 20 minutes, but 15 turnovers that led to 19 points for Columbia State helped lead to their defeat.

The Chargers won the battle on the boards, 36-30, in the contest, including a slight 14-13 edge on the offensive glass. The Senators did more with their second looks, outscoring Columbia State 13-10 on second chances.

Neither team was efficient from the free throw line, as the Chargers managed to make just 57.1 percent (12 of 21) from  the stripe, which included just 7 of 15 in the second half. WSCC ended the night shooting 53.3 percent (8 of 15) from the line.

Columbia State shot 47.3 percent (26 of 55) from the field in the contest, including 6 of 15 from long range.

Walters State shot 42.9 percent (24 of 56) from the floor, including 40 percent (12 of 30) in the first half and 46.2 percent (12 of 26) in the final 20 minutes.

The Senators will be back in action on Friday when they host TCCAA rival Motlow State, who is coached by former two-time All-American at Walters State, Jerry Nichols. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.



























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