Senators crush Chattanooga State, 110-76February 17, 2013
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – If you needed a classic example of watching a coach light a fire under his team, Walters State was the place to be Saturday afternoon.
Already down by 8-2 to Chattanooga State less than 2½ minutes into the game, veteran Senators coach Bill Carlyle called a time out to get his team’s attention. To say they responded in a big way would be quite an understatement.
Walters State reeled off 11 consecutive points to take a lead it would never relinquish and went on to a surprisingly easy 110-76 victory over the Tigers.
Six players scored in double digits as the Senators racked up a season-high for points. Leland Robinson led the balanced attack with 15 points while Darrius White and Elgrin Wilson got 14 each. Cedarius Taylor and Cameron High contributed 13 apiece and Dedron Pillow chipped in 11.
Chattanooga’s Nick Ross led all scorers with 24 but was the only visitor to reach double figures.
It was the 13th win against 15 losses for Walters State and puts them at 7-10 in TCCAA play. The Tigers are now 11-11 overall and slipped to 5-8 in the conference.
“We had talked all week about having to play with intensity against a team like Chattanooga,” said Carlyle. “And then we came out and we were out there walking around like I don’t know what and standing around and watching them play.
“I took the quick time out and went a little berserk over there and finally got their attention,” he said. “I told them if they weren’t going to play I’d put five new ones in there. When we went back out there they did what we wanted.”
He added, “We turned the heat up and started taking the ball up and down the court and starting getting some things done. I thought it was a total team effort and felt everybody who came in the game played really well.”
Carlyle stated, “I thought our guards did an excellent job of handling their guards. I thought we did a good job on Ross. He’s leading the conference in scoring and I know he got 24 but we did a good job on him. I thought we did a pretty good job on everybody.
“For us to go to Cleveland the other night and play as sorry as we can play and then come out here and play like this today… I’m ecstatic about this one. I thought we played the way you have to play this time of year.”
Walters State hit exactly 50 percent from the floor by making good on 40 of 80 including 5 of 11 3-point attempts. The Tigers managed only 37.5 percent on 24 of 64 and was just 5 of 25 from behind the arc.
Carlyle stated, “I thought we shot the ball pretty well and shot it pretty well from three. But you can shoot well if you get some easy ones and I thought we spread the floor on them and got some easy baskets.”
Taylor had 8 assists and tied for team honors with 6 rebounds. “He’s quick as lightning,” said the coach. “I’ve tried to tell him all year he’s got to use his quickness to create for himself.”
Robinson and Willie Holloway also had 6 rebounds each as the Senators had a 47-42 backboard advantage. Caymon Dial led Chattanooga with 6.
Walters State had 13 players to score and had a huge 62-25 margin in points off the bench.
The Tigers got a basket from Joshu’a Warren to open the scoring before Orlandis Jackson hit a free throw and Ross a 3-pointer for a quick 6-0 lead. Robinson hit a baseline jumper to get the home team on the board but Ross drove for a layup before Carlyle called the time out.
After the break, Taylor hit a jumper and added a pair of free throws before White cashed in a pair of charity tosses. Robinson struck again from the baseline, White had a fast break layup and Gerrod Moore added a free throw to cap the 11-point run.
Nicholas Scott’s long three ended the nearly 5-minute scoring draught for Chattanooga but the Senators ran off 7 more for a 20-11 lead. Robinson, Wilson and Tyler Ailshie hit buckets in the spurt.
Walters State pulled steadily away for the remainder of the half, as the Tigers never got closer than 7. The lead ballooned to 20 at 43-23 and that was still the margin at the half, 51-31.
The lead quickly reached 30 points in the second half and Chattanooga was never able to put together any kind of run. Moore’s basket got the Senators to the century mark with 4:28 remaining and they led by as many as 36 several times down the stretch.
“I thought Chattanooga kind of had a letdown in the second half and that’s unusual because they’re about always playing well this time of year,” said Carlyle. “And it got a little rough toward the end and that kind of worried me a little. But it was a good win. I was pleased with the way we played.”
Story courtesy of Morristown Citizen Tribune Sports Writer Derwin Helton