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Tough first half leads to road loss for Senators
 February 2, 2013

JACKSON, Tenn. – The Jackson State Generals shot better than 50 percent from the field in the first half and built a comfortable halftime lead, which turned out to be more than enough in an 82-64 victory over the Walters State Senators Friday night in Tennessee Community College Athletic Association action.

The Senators (11-12, 5-7 TCCAA) never recovered from the early onslaught from the Generals (9-5, 5-5 TCCAA) in the contest, as Jackson State never trailed and Walters State was only able to tie it once early in the game.

The Generals led by as much as 19 in the first half before taking a 45-27 lead into halftime, and they built the lead to 27 in the second half before a late really by the Senators trimmed the final margin to 82-64.

Jackson State forced 17 Walters State turnovers in the game, which led to 26 points for the Generals on the offensive end of the floor.

The Senators controlled the glass, holding a huge 50-34 advantage on the boards, but their 21 offensive rebounds led to only 10 second chance points.

After a hot shooting first half, the Generals cooled off in the second half but still were not threatened. Jackson State shot 44.9 percent (31 of 69) in the contest, which included an 11 of 32 clip from downtown.

Walters State had a cold shooting first half but shot much better in the second to finish the game making 38.6 percent (27 of 70) from the field. The Senators managed to make just 22.7 percent (5 of 22) from behind the 3-point line in the loss.

Areka McKinnie led the Generals with 20 points in the win, while Jacob Lloyd added 18, Jamichael McKinnie had 14 and Rameil Pollard totaled 10 in the victory.

Leland Robinson paced Walters State with 13 points, while Elgrin Wilson added 11 points and Darius White had 10 in the defeat.

The Senators will return to the hardwood today when they take on TCCAA rival Columbia State. Tipoff in Columbia is slated for 5 p.m.

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