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Senators drop 70-63 decision at Roane State
 February 24, 2013

HARRIMAN, Tenn. – The Walters State Senators followed the recent script of hanging tough for 35 minutes on the road before falling late in the game when they lost 70-63 to Roane State Saturday in Harriman.

The Senators were tied at 63 with less than three minutes remaining, but the Raiders closed the game on a 7-0 run to pull out the win and improve to 10-15 overall and 7-11 in Tennessee Community College Athletic Association play.

The loss ends the regular season for Walters State with a 13-16 record overall and a 7-11 mark in TCCAA action.

The Senators trailed 35-32 at the half despite outshooting the Raiders, 46.4 percent (13 of 28) to 38.2 percent (13 of 34), but Roane State made one more 3-pointer and two more free throws to take the 3-point lead.

Walters State went cold in the second half, especially in the final 10 minutes. The Senators held a 53-52 lead but score only 10 points in the final 10 minutes of the contest.

The Raiders did most of their damage late at the free throw line, with Kevin Altidor knocking down 13 of his 15 free throw attempts to help Roane State pull away late.

The Raiders shot 41.8 percent (23 of 55) from the floor in the win, including 6 of 17 from long range. They also nailed 18 of 28 from the charity stripe while committing only 13 turnovers in the win.

Altidor recorded a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds in the win, while Chudler Pal and Corey Harris had 12 points each for Roane State.

The Senators shot 42.3 percent (22 of 52) in the contest, which included just 2 of 10 from long distance. They managed to make 17 of 21 free throws, including 13 of 14 in the second half.

Leland Robinson paced Walters State with 23 points in the contest, while Dedron Pillow added eight and Elgrin Wilson finished with seven in the defeat.

The Senators will next take the court in the NJCAA Region VII Tournament at Motlow State, which is set to run March 5-9.

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