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Senators take down second place Volunteer State, 85-69
 February 9, 2013

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – It was a night and day difference for the Walters State Senators Saturday afternoon, as they rebounded from a difficult loss the night before with an 85-69 rout of visiting Volunteer State inside ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium.

After losing to first place Motlow State on Friday, the Senators bounced back by drilling the second place team in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association. Walters State used a 24-5 spurt early in the game to grab a double-digit lead that they would not relinquish.

With the win, the Senators improve to 12-14 overall and 6-9 in TCCAA action. The loss was the second straight for the Pioneers, who dropped to 15-7 and 9-5.

The Senators took the game over at the 15-minute mark, with Darius White knocking down a 3-pointer to help spark a 14-2 run that built a 21-8 lead with 10 minutes left in the half.

Walters State added to the run, pushing the lead to 31-11 with 7:44 left in the half, but the Pioneers picked away at the lead and trimmed it to 11 before the Senators took a 45-31 lead at halftime.

Walters State built the lead on the strength of hot shooting and even better defense. The Senators shot 60 percent (18 of 30) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, and they made three of their four attempts from long range. WSCC added 13 points off of 10 Vol State turnovers.

Denard Williams led the Senators with 10 points in the half, while White and Leland Robinson both added nine points in the frame.

The Pioneers shot just 34.4 percent (11 of 32) in the half, including just 2 of 10 from behind the 3-point line. Reid Burke led all Vol State scorers with seven points in the first 20 minutes.

The Pioneers came out of the locker room with more energy in the second half, but never got the lead below 12 points. The Senators led 62-43 midway through the half, and they added a 6-0 run later in the game to take a 20-point lead.

Vol State never recovered from the late run, as the game got ugly towards the end with three technical called in the final five minutes.

Walters State shot 56.4 percent (31 of 55) from the field in the win, including 6 of 10 from long distance.

White paced the Senators with 17 points in the win, while Williams totaled 15, Robinson ended with 12 and Cedarius Taylor dropped in 11 in the victory. Taylor added eight assists and six rebounds, and Kelvin Key matched Taylor with six boards for WSCC.

The Pioneers shot just 32 percent (24 of 75) in the contest, including a frigid 17.9 percent (5 of 28) from long range. Vol State also connected on only half of their free throws (16 of 32) in the defeat.

Burke and Martez Harris each had 11 points in the loss for the Pioneers.

The Senators will be back on the hardwood Wednesday when they take on Cleveland State in a road TCCAA contest. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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