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Second half push lifts Columbia State past Senators
 November 23, 2013

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Walters State Senators hung with TCCAA front-runner Columbia State for a half on Friday night, but the Chargers put together a solid second half run to top the Senators, 86-63, in league action.

The Senators couldn’t overcome their lowest output of the season offensively, despite holding a plus-15 rebounding advantage and another big night from Aaron Wheeler, who scored 21 to keep his red-hot streak going.

The Chargers held only a 44-36 lead at halftime, but the second half belonged to the home team. Much like they have done all season, Columbia State (9-0, 5-0 TCCAA) found a way to get the win, and their second half run helped them take the margin as high as 26 points in the closing moments of the game.

The Chargers shot 5.17 percent (31 of 60) from the field, and they hit 10 3-pointers in the contest. They nailed better than 57 percent of their shots in the second half, and five different players reached double digits in the win.

T.J. Dunans led the Chargers with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the win, while Arturs Bremers added 16 points and Kendrick May and Uros Benacek added 11 points each. Justin Pride had a big night for Columbia State, recording 10 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and four steals in the victory.

Walters State shot just 38.5 percent (25 of 65) from the field in the contest, including just 4 of 20 from long range, and they made only 9 of 22 free throws in the defeat. Trey Suttles recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 boards in the loss.

The Senators will be back in action on Saturday for a scheduled 5 p.m. tipoff at TCCAA foe Jackson State.

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