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Senators win on road at Chattanooga State, 74-57
 January 16, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Playing on one of the tougher environments in the TCCAA to get a road win, the Walters State Senators stayed calm, cool and collected to defeat the Chattanooga State Tigers Wednesday night.

Walters State grabbed the lead for good midway through the first half, and they held off a second half rally before pulling away late to win 74-57 against the rival Tigers.

With the win, the Senators leveled their record at 10-10 on the year and moved to 3-5 in TCCAA play.

The loss dropped Chattanooga State to 9-5 overall and 3-5 in league play.

Denard Williams had the hot hand for the Senators to open the contest, making a pair of 3-pointers in the opening minutes to help Walters State claim an 8-2 lead.

Chattanooga State responded however, as Nicholas Scott began to fire away from the perimeter and made three 3-pointers and a baseline jumper to give the Tigers a 15-12 advantage.

The Senators came back and took the lead back on a bucket by Trey Suttles, who scored 9 points in a 17-6 run that put WSCC on top 34-27 after a 3-pointer from Aaron Wheeler. The lead was briefly cut to 3, but Suttles and Wilson helped the Senators take a 43-34 lead at halftime.

The Senators made 48.5 percent (16 of 33) of their first half shots, including 5 of 11 from behind the 3-point arc. Suttles led WSCC in the half with 12 points and 8 rebound, Wilson added 10 points and Williams had 9 points in the opening 20 minutes of play.

The Tigers shot 45.2 percent (14 of 31) in the half, making 4 of 12 from long range in the process. Scott scored 11 points in the frame, with all of them coming in the opening 5:25 of the half.

Wilson scored the opening two buckets of the second half for the Senators to give them their largest lead to that point at 47-34, but the Tigers began to pick away at the deficit. A bucket by Jakorey Johnson pulled Chattanooga State within 49-44, but a 3-point play by Cameron High turned the tide back in Walters State's favor.

The Senators built the lead up to 11 on two occasions in the final four minutes, and they built on the lead at the free throw line late to seal the victory.

Walters State shot 41.7 percent (25 of 60) from the field in the win, and they made 19 of 26 free throws, including several down the stretch to pull away. Wilson led the Senators with 17 points, while Suttles had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Wheeler added 14 poitns and Williams finished with 12 in the win.

The TIgersshot just 38.3 percent (23 of 60) from the floor, including just 7 of 26 from 3-point range. Scott finished with 14 points and Dajion Williams had 10 in the defeat.

The Senators will return to home action on Saturday afternoon when they host TCCAA rival Cleveland State at 'Z' Buda Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.




























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