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Senators fall at No. 6 Spartanburg Methodist, 69-48
 January 13, 2013

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Walters State Senators hung with one of the best teams in the nation for 30 minutes Saturday, but the No. 6 ranked Spartanburg Methodist Pioneers closed strong to defeat the Senators, 69-48, and remain undefeated.

Walters State led early in the contest, but after the teams knotted the score twice, the Pioneers took the lead for good in the first six minutes of the contest. They built a 15-point halftime lead before the Senators stormed back to cut it to 48-42 with 10 minutes remaining, but it was all Spartanburg after that.

With the win, the Pioneers extend their school-record winning streak to open a season to 16 games. The loss drops Walters State back below .500 at 8-9 as they head back into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association play this week.

Neither team found much success shooting in the first half, with Spartanburg hitting on 35.3 percent (12 of 34) of their shots, as opposed to the 25 percent clip (8 of 32) for the Senators. The biggest differences were the 7-2 advantage in free throws made by the Pioneers and also the 3-1 difference in 3-pointers, which helped build a 34-19 halftime lead.

Both teams shot much better in the second half, with Spartanburg ending the game shooting 40.6 percent (26 of 64), including 6 of 22 from long range. The Pioneers committed only 10 turnovers, and they scored 22 points off of 20 Walters State miscues.

DaQuan Jeffries led Spartanburg Methodist with 18 points and eight rebounds in the win, while Ben Johnson added 14 points and DJ Coleman had 12 in the victory.

The Senators ended the night shooting 31.7 percent (19 of 60) from the floor, including only 4 of 20 from behind the 3-point line.

Elgrin Wilson and Leland Robinson both had 12 points to lead Walters State, with Wilson also pulling down a team-high seven rebounds. Darius White and Tyler Ailshie added six points each in the defeat.

The Senators have a quick turnaround for their next outing, as they will host TCCAA rival Cleveland State Tuesday, inside ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m., with the Lady Senators hosting the Lady Cougars in the first game of the doubleheader at 6 p.m.

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