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Senators roll past Dyersburg State, 100-77
 January 27, 2013

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – The Walters State Senators used a 62 percent shooting clip in the second half to pull away from the visiting Dyersburg State Eagles Saturday, as the Senators rolled to a 100-77 victory inside ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium.

With the win, Walters State improves to 10-10 on the season and 5-5 in Tennessee Community College Athletic Association, and they avenged an earlier loss to the Eagles on the road.

The loss drops Dyersburg State to 5-9 overall and 1-9 in league play.

The Senators opened the game red hot, scoring the first 11 points of the game behind five points from Leland Robinson and four from Elgrin Wilson.

The Eagles began to chip away at the lead, and 10 straight points from Buddy Davison helped Dyersburg State cut the margin to 21-20 with 7:58 left in the half. The visitors tied it at 33 on a 3-point play from Caleb Woods with 4:44 on the clock.

Walters State hit three 3-pointers down the stretch, as Denard Williams hit a pair and Tyler Ailshie added another in a 12-5 run to end the half that gave the Senators a 45-38 halftime lead.

Walters State shot 41.2 percent (14 of 34) from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including just 3 of 13 from the 3-point line, and they made 14 of 24 from the free throw line. Williams and Robinson both had 10 points in the half for WSCC.

The Eagles shot 37.5 percent (12 of 32) in the half, while burying 5 of 11 from long range. Wilkerson paced Dyersburg State with 13 points, while Davison tossed in 11 in the frame.

The Senators had another fast start in the second half, as Wilson hit two straight shots and Tony Wilkerson threw down a thunderous two-handed dunk in another 11-0 run. Walters State pushed the lead to 60-41 at the 15-minute mark on another bucket by Wilson.

The Eagles trimmed the margin to 62-50 with 12:34 left, but that was as close as they got. Wilson took the game over and scored 10 points in a 16-2 run that pushed the lead to 78-52 with 9:09 to go. The Senators reached the century mark on a layup by Dedron Pillow with 2:02 left in the game.

Walters State shot 51.5 percent (35 of 68) from the field in the win, including 61.8 percent (21 of 34) in the second half. Robinson led the Senators with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Wilson added 16 points, Williams had 12 and Ailshie added 11 in the win.

The Eagles shot just 33.3 percent (24 of 72) from the field for the contest, including a 27.8 percent (10 of 36) from long range. Jocque Collins led Dyersburg State with 24 points, while Wilkerson added 22 and Davison had 18 in the loss.

The Senators will be back on the hardwood when they host TCCAA rival Southwest Tennessee on Sunday. Tipoff inside ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium is slated for 4 p.m.

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