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GALLATIN, Tenn. – The Walters State Lady Senators extended their winning streak to four games with a key Tennessee Community College Athletic Association road win at Volunteer State, 52-46, Friday night in Middle Tennessee.
The Lady Senators continued their stingy play on defense of late, allowing only five made field goals in the first half before holding off a late rally to win over the homestanding Lady Pioneers.
With the win, Walters State improves to 7-3 on the year and 5-1 in TCCAA conference action. The loss drops Vol State to 8-3 overall and 3-3 in league play.
The Lady Senators held a 25-16 lead at halftime after allowing the Lady Pioneers to shoot less than 20 percent (5 of 27) in the first half, and they survived 24 turnovers that kept the home team in it.
Walters State finished the game shooting 42.2 percent (19 of 45) from the field, while making only 1 of 9 from long range. The Lady Senators held a tremendous advantage on the boards, outrebounding Vol State 55-23 in the win.
Sophomore Ashley Thurman led Walters State with 17 points in the contest, while freshman Portia Durrett recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Sophomore Jasmine Lewis, a transfer from Vol State, had a productive night with eight points, eight boards and four assists in the victory.
The Lady Pioneers shot only 27.3 percent (15 of 55) from the floor in the contest, including 6 of 27 from behind the 3-point arc. Uniquah Hampton led Vol State with 13 points in the loss.
The Lady Senators will return to action Saturday afternoon when they visit Motlow State for another TCCAA showdown. Tipoff in Lynchburg is set for 3 p.m.
GALLATIN, Tenn. – The Walters State Senators battled back and forth in a tightly contested game at Volunteer State Friday night before ending up on the wrong end of a 76-73 decision against their Tennessee Community College Athletic Association rivals in Gallatin.
The Senators led 40-39 at the half but could not overcome a cold shooting second half in falling to the Pioneers and dropping their second straight league game.
With the win, the homestanding Pioneers even their overall record at 6-6 while improving their TCCAA mark to 2-4 for the year. The loss drops Walters State to 6-5 on the year and 3-3 in league action.
Vol State shot 48.3 percent (28 of 58) from the field in the win, including 6 of 12 from long range, but they made only 14 of 27 attempts from the free throw line.
Tim Eriste led the Pioneers with 24 points and nine rebounds in the contest, while Lashane Purdy dropped in 13 points and Oscar Howell chipped in with 11 points in the victory.
The Senators finished the game shooting 39.1 percent (27 of 69) from the floor, which included making only 11 of 36 shot attempts in the second half. Walters State also connected on just 4 of 19 from long distance in the loss.
Freshman Lamar McKnight gunned in 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to record a double-double and lead the Senators on the night. Sophomore Tahj Wells chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, while freshman Terry Roberts added 11 points and fellow freshman Jay Johnson tacked on nine in the defeat.
Walters State will return to action Saturday evening with a contest against TCCAA rival Motlow State, who is coached by Jerry Nichols, a former two-time All-American for the Senators. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
GATLINBURG, TN - Recently named one of the top ski destinations in the United States by AOL, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park is officially open for winter sports, offering skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing adventure in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.
Ober Gatlinburg features nine trails serviced by two quad lifts, one double lift and one surface lift. The Resort offers terrain for people of all skiing abilities and skill levels, from a beginner experiencing the joy of snow sports for the first time, to the novice recreational skier, to a seasoned expert hitting the moguls and terrain park. Ober Gatlinburg also sports a popular snow tubing park providing fun for the entire family, skiing and snowboarding equipment rental, an ice skating rink, aerial tramway, alpine slide, restaurants, shops and much more.
As soon as temperatures drop, Ober Gatlinburg cranks up its state-of-the-art snowmaking system and is capable of making a foot of snow in a 24-hour period when the temperature and weather conditions are optimal. The ski resort maintained a 50-inch base through much of last season and remained in operation well over 100 days, with the snow tubing lanes open through the early part of April.
As one of the few ski resorts in the Southeast, Ober Gatlinburg is just a short drive away from most major Southeastern cities. More information about activities offered at Ober Gatlinburg as well as weather and ski reports can be found at www.obergatlinburg.com.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a quaint, mountain getaway nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. It offers a variety of travel experiences ranging from family activities to romantic getaways or outdoor adventures. Gatlinburg also has more than 12,000 rooms for lodging and 400 shops as well as many attractions including Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Nantahala Outdoor Center and many others.
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – Walters State sophomore guard April McCann had a career night Friday for the Lady Senators, as the Chattanooga native tossed in a career-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds in leading Walters State to a 69-54 victory over visiting Columbia State at ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium.
With the win, the Lady Senators snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in Tennessee Community College Athletic Association play. The win also extends the school record for consecutive home wins to 49 games, dating back to 2007.
The loss drops the Lady Chargers to 3-6 overall and 0-5 in TCCAA action.
McCann pumped in 15 points in the first half, including a pair of crucial three-pointers in a 15-2 run to close the first half that broke the game open and gave the Lady Senators a 36-18 lead at the half.
Walters State shot 42.1 percent (24 of 57) from the field in the contest, including 6 of 15 from long distance. The Lady Senators also held a 54-38 edge on the glass, including 19 offensive rebounds.
McCann led the Lady Senators in scoring, while Portia Durrett added 13 points in the win.
The Lady Chargers connected on only 25 percent (17 of 68) of their shots in the contest, including 6 of 22 from beyond the 3-point line.
Rebecca Romeo had 17 points to pace Columbia State, while Shanavian Woodland added 12 and Ashley Davis had 11 in the defeat.
The Lady Senators will return to action Saturday afternoon when they host TCCAA rival Jackson State at ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – After opening the season with two losses in their first three games, the Walters State Senators have turned their season around with a strong defensive effort.
That effort continued Friday night, as the Senators knocked off Columbia State 79-69 inside ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium to move into a tie for second place in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association standings.
With the win, Walters State stands at 6-3 overall and 3-1 in TCCAA play, while the loss drops the Chargers to 4-5 overall and 3-2 in league action.
Sophomore Addison Flynn had a hot had for the Senators in the first half, tossing in nine points on three treys to help Walters State overcome an early deficit.
The Chargers led 19-12 at the midway point of the half, but Flynn popped in a pair of three-pointers to spark a 26-9 run to end the half and put the Senators in top 38-28 at the half.
Columbia’s Masceo Harmon tossed in 19 second half points to help trim the lead to 68-66, but the Senators closed the game with an 11-3 spurt to secure the win.
Walters State shot 47.5 percent (29 of 61) from the field in the contest, including 8 of 17 from long distance.
The Senators also held a 41-29 edge on the glass, with Cyrille Sandjon grabbing 11 boards and Tahj Wells pulling down 10 caroms. The Walters State bench was dominant in the win as well, outscoring the Charger reserves 34-14.
Sandjon and Lamada Williams led the Senators in scoring with 12 points apiece, while Terry Roberts, Lamar McKnight and Andy Farmer each added 11 in the win.
The Chargers connected on 40 percent (24 of 60) of their shots in the contest, including only 8 of 24 from beyond the 3-point line.
Masceo Harmon paced Columbia State with 20 points, while Dominque Parks added 14 and Greg Magee had 13 in the defeat.
The Senators will return to action Saturday afternoon when they host TCCAA rival Jackson State at ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.
MARYVILLE - The Maryville College Lady Scots claimed the 2010 Methodist University Cross Creek InnKeeper Turkey Shootout title following a 67-52 victory over the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan College on Sunday afternoon.
MC’s Janell Menard posted her season-high in offensive numbers after depositing 6-of-10 shots from the floor including a 5-for-8 performance from beyond the arc for a game-high 22 point effort.
Maryville took a 32-22 lead to the half after holding the Marlins to 25% shooting (8-for-32) in the first period. While the strong ODAC opponent could not find their outside touch (3-for-26 from the perimeter), the Scots out rebounded Virginia Wesleyan 47-30.
Virginia Wesleyan (3-2) was paced by Kristen Blalock’s 18 point effort after she connected on 7-of-10 attempts from the floor. Symonne Newsome added 3 points for the Marlins.
Maryville (3-1) extended their win streak to three games. Menard’s all-tournament performance was supported by Lailah Farmer’s 12 point and five assist addition. Kiera Payne was also a consistent force with her 11 points and team-high six rebounds. Farmer and Payne were a collective 10-for-14 from the floor. Junior C.J. Dake joined Menard on the MU All-Tournament team for her strong defensive and rebounding effort on the weekend. Dake tallied 10 rebounds over the weekend challenges.
The Scots will return home and prepare for a tough non-conference challenge next Wednesday at Carson-Newman College. Tip-off is scheduled in Jefferson City, Tennessee at 6:00 p.m.
MARYVILLE, TN - Despite a strong first half effort, the Maryville College Scots fell to Emory University 103-99 in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday evening to conclude the 2010 Emory Invitational Tournament.
MC posted a 55-43 halftime advantage as Eryk Watson and Milton Stanley combined for 28 points while shooting 11-for-14 from the floor. The Scots outscored the Eagles 12-3 on forced turnovers to capture the 12 point cushion.
Emory (5-0) stormed out of the intermission with a 20-7 run while earning their first lead 63-62 at the 13 minute mark. The Eagles and Scots exchanged baskets throughout the second half with Emory taking a 94-89 lead with 2:09 remaining. MC kept attacking, but could not get a key stop without Emory scoring.
The Eagles had three players score 20-plus points. Austin Claunch was 9-for-13 for 25 points while dishing out a dozen assists. Alex Greven finished with 24 points while Jake Davis added 21 points.
Maryville shot an amazing 70.6% (12-for-17) from beyond the arc and was paced by Eryk Watson’s 27 game-high point effort. Watson was 4-for-5 from long distance. Milton Stanley posted a season high 26 points while connecting on 12-of-14 shots from the floor. Senior point guard Dustin Brown launched six treys to finish with 18 points.
The Scots (2-3) will prepare for a mid-week non-conference challenge in Jefferson City, Tennessee against Carson-Newman College on Wednesday. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m.
MARYVILLE, TN - The Maryville College Lady Scots forced 30 turnovers while allowing only 18 second half points with a strong defensive effort to push past Methodist University 62-44 in the 2010 Cross Creek InnKeeper Turkey Shootout at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday evening.
Sophomore point guard Lailah farmer paced Maryville with 11 points and a game-high five assists. Fellow sophomores Janell Menard and Kiera Payne each contributed 10 points while senior Alexis Rouvelas deposited nine points. Menard and Payne each led MC on the boards with five rebounds each. Methodist (2-2) was led by Dawn Sanderson’s 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Scots held Methodist to 31% shooting from the floor (16% in the second half) and pressured MU’s perimeter attack to connect on only 2-of-13 attempts from beyond the arc. Maryville (2-1) will challenge Virginia Wesleyan College at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday to conclude tournament action.
Huntsville, AL – Growing up, the life lesson that was passed down to you from a parental figure was “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” First year head coach Mike Craigen has stock piled the lemons this weekend and will look for a way to turn the current three game skid into something to build upon. The Knoxville Ice Bears (5-8) finished a three game in three nights winless for the second time this season and now sit tied for the last playoff spot in the SPHL. This is uncharted waters for the Ice Bear faithful who are accustomed to sitting atop of the standings.
Knoxville started the evening strong, jumping on the scoreboard first at 7:24 in the first when rookie forward, Tyler Fletcher notched his first professional goal from a rebound shot from Chris Pontes.
The lead lasted until Shaun Arvai fired a long stretch pass to a streaking Stephen Margeson who slipped behind the Ice Bears defenders to break in alone on goaltender Bryan Hince to tie the game at 11:48 of the first period.
The give and take from the first period seemed to carry forward into the second with Knoxville pressing again. The pressure paid off on a scrum in front of the net when Mike Bulawka buried the puck at 2:27 to put the Ice Bears back on top 2-1.
With the home team trailing, Huntsville proceeded to poor it on Knoxville by recording four unanswered goals in the second period on tallies from Glenn Detulleo, Kamil Vavara, Mike Carter and Margeson to end the second period 5-2.
Craigen replaced goaltenders to relieve Hince and give veteran Andrew Gallant the nod for the third period. Knoxville played with plenty of emotion but was unable to stick to the game plan that proved successful during the first half of the game. They surrendered a power play goal to Huntsville’s Kyle Laughlin at 11:33 of the third to finish the scoring.
With the game out of hand, the chippiness of the game transitioned into undisciplined shenanigans from both teams resulting in two players being ejected from each team, filling the penalty box and leaving few players on the bench.
The Knoxville Ice Bears look to have a strong but short week of practice with the Ice Bears hosting two games this week - Thursday, December 2nd for “Two”-riffic Thursdays and Friday, December 3rd for the annual Teddy Bear Toss and a post game concert featuring 2008 Reality Show Winner, Melissa Lawson to raise awareness for diaperLove.com. Bring a box of diapers to the game on Friday and receive a free Melissa Lawson CD. All games are at 7:30 pm.
For more information and tickets please contact the Ice Bears office at 865-525-7825 or www.knoxvilleicebears.com.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The Walters State Senators had their four-game winning streak come to an end and they suffered their first road loss of the season Saturday in an 80-71 loss to the Gulf Coast Commodores in the Gulf Coast Thanksgiving Classic in Florida.
The Senators trailed 40-37 at the half with the homestanding Commodores putting on a three-point shooting clinic, and Gulf Coast went inside to pull away late in the game after holding a 62-61 lead with 8:36 remaining.
With the win, the Commodores improve to 6-4 on the year, while the loss drops the Senators to 5-3 on the campaign.
Walters State ended the contest shooting 50 percent (30 of 60) from the floor, nut made only 4 of 13 from long range and 7 of 11 from the charity stripe. The Senators outrebounded the Commodores 38-27 in the loss.
Freshman Cyrille Sandjon recorded a double-double with a new career best of 21 points and 14 rebounds in the loss, while fellow freshmen Terry Roberts and Lamar McKnight added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Gulf Coast shot 46.6 percent (27 of 58) in the contest, including only 10 of 22 from long distance. The Commodores knocked down 8 of 14 from behind the three-point line in the first half.
Travis Smith led Gulf Coast with 25 points, while Jay Wade added 19 points and Terrence Townes had 14 in the win.
The Senators will return to action Friday with a home TCCAA contest against Columbia State. Tipoff at ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium is slated for 8 p.m.
DUNWOODY, Ga. – The Walters State Lady Senators fought valiantly for 40 minutes Saturday afternoon but fell just short in the final day of the Lady Jaguars Thanksgiving Classic, dropping a 65-60 decision against the Meridian (Miss.) Lady Eagles for their third straight defeat.
The Lady Senators trailed only 31-30 at the half, but a bad shooting night doomed them and kept them from collecting a victory.
With the win, the Lady Eagles improved to 6-3 on the year, while the loss drops Walters State to 4-3 on the season.
The Lady Senators shot just 28.6 percent (22 of 77) from the field in the contest, including 7 of 26 from the three-point line. Walters State held a 52-48 advantage on the boards, including 23 offensive rebounds.
April McCann, Portia Durrett and Ashley Thurman each had 12 points to lead Walters State in the contest, and Mardessa Hampton added eight in the loss.
The Lady Eagles connected on 35.6 percent (21 of 59) of their shots in the contest, but made 7 of 13 from long range and 16 of 25 from the charity stripe.
Norianna Haynes led Meridian with 21 points in the contest, while Chastity Kearney added 14 points and Shana Lampton grabbed 11 rebounds in the win.
The Lady Senators will return to action Friday when they host TCCAA rival Columbia State at ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
MARYVILLE, TN - The Maryville College Scots advanced to 2-2 on the season with a key NCAA Division III win on the road on Saturday with an 81-75 decision over the Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe University at the 2010 Emory University Invitational Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Scots took a 39-34 lead to the intermission even though the Petrels shot 54% from the field during the first half. MC took advantage of a slight rebounding edge and converted 10 points on second chance baskets to gain the five point edge.
Maryville never surrendered the lead in the second half while sustaining a ten point advantage as late as the 8:32 mark. MC’s stingy defense held Oglethorpe scoreless the final 3:23 as the Scots held on for the six point win.
Oglethorpe (2-2) was led by Todd Ward’s 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Joe Kennedy finished with 15 while Alec Pitts and Erik Strong each tossed in 11 points.
Maryville (2-2) used a 20 point effort by senior wing Eryk Watson. The pre-season All-American also tallied seven rebounds, three assists, and four steals while going 10-for-11 from the charity stripe. Point guard Dustin Brown finished with a season-high 16 points after going 5-for-8 from the floor. Brandon McGill also excelled with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Scots return to action on Sunday (Nov. 28) when they challenge tournament host Emory University at 4:00 p.m. LaGrange and Oglethorpe will meet at 2:00 p.m.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The Walters State Senators continued their recent hot streak Friday afternoon, picking up their fourth straight win in a 71-70 victory over Pensacola State in the 2010 Gulf Coast Thanksgiving Classic at Gulf Coast Community College.
Freshman Lamada Williams poured in 18 points to guide the Senators (5-2) with 18 points in the contest, while fellow freshmen Cyrille Sandjon and Lamar McKnight added 12 and 11 points, respectively in the win.
Walters State shot 49.2 percent (29 of 59) from the floor, including 4 of 8 from long distance in the win. The Senators also outrebounded the Pirates, 37-35, behind seven boards from Williams and six from Tahj Wells.
Pensacola State (7-3) shot 45.6 percent (26 of 57) in the contest, while making only 5 of 16 from behind the 3-point line. Darren Goodsen led the Pirates with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Antoine Myers added 11 points and Jeremy McKay and Justin Wright had 10 points each in the loss.
DUNWOODY, Ga. — The Walters State Lady Senators suffered their second straight road defeat, falling 55-33 against 11th-ranked South Georgia Tech in the 2010 Lady Jaguars Thanksgiving Classic at Georgia Perimeter College.
The Lady Senators (4-2) tailed 26-20 at halftime, but the Lady Jets (8-0) poured it on in the second half to get the win.
Walters State was limited to 25.5 percent (12 of 47) shooting in the contest, including 2 of 10 from long range and only 7 of 15 from the free throw line.
Freshman Portia Durrett was the bright spot on offense for the Lady Senators, scoring 14 points and grabbing five rebounds.
South Georgia Tech shot only 32.2 percent (19 of 59) in the contest, including 3 of 13 from long distance, but they scored 28 points off of 25 Walters State turnovers.
Ophelia McMath led the Lady Jets with 20 points and nine rebounds in the contest, while Lavonda McCall added 14 points and eight boards in the win.
Knoxville, TN - Two goals by Knoxville's Emery Olauson couldn't lift the Ice Bears to their first win against the Columbus Cottonmouths. After a defeat in Fayetteville last night, the Ice Bears lose their second in a row in an overtime shoot-out, 3-2.
Knoxville's David Segal and Columbus's Matt Kinnunen gave the crowd a flashback to their last face off in Knoxville on Nov. 6, when they dropped their gloves right as the puck fell and fought just three seconds into the first period. The fight riled up the largest home crowd of the season so far with 4,354 people.
The Ice Bears (5-6) again fell behind early on a goal by Columbus's Brett Hammond beat rookie goalie Bryan Hince just 2:43 into the first period.
Two minutes later, Olauson scored his first goal of the night and his eighth goal of the season off a pass from Tyler Fletcher and Frank Furdero to tie the game at 1.
The teams matched each other hit for hit, shot for shot and save for save early in the second period. Knoxville's Mike Bulawka was awarded a penalty shot 3.43 into the period, but was bested by Columbus goalie Ian Vigier.
SPHL defensive scoring leader Mark Van Vliet passed the puck to Olauson, who got one past Vigier for his second goal of the night with 3.52 remaining in the second period. The tally boosted Knoxville into a lead of 2-1.
The game was 7:28 into the third period before Kinnunen tied the game at two. Columbus (5-7) thought to have taken the lead only to find out the whistle was blown prior to the puck crossing the goal line.
Bulawka took a second penalty shot with just 7.5 seconds left in the third period when he block a shot and broke away with a golden opportunity only to be penalized from behind resulting in his second penalty shot of the game. With the second opportunity Bulawka was not able to solve Vigier.
Despite a number of quality of chances by both teams the game was not settled after five minutes of three on three play to set the table for a 5-man shootout. Sam Bowles stepped up first for Columbus and made the puck past Knoxville's Bryan Hince. Chris Bratina tied the shootout with Knoxville's second shot.
It was Columbus's Orrin Hergott that finalized the game for Knoxville when he slid the puck past Hince as the Cottonmouth's third shooter. Despite great effort by the Ice Bears, Columbus left with their second win in Knoxville.
The Knoxville Ice Bears face the Mississippi Surge for the first time this season on Thursday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. Join us for "Two"riffic Thursday and enjoy $2 drinks, $2 hot dogs and $2 popcorn.
Mercedes Benz 3 Stars of the Game
1st Star: Ian Vigier (Columbus)
2nd Star: Orrin Hergott (Columbus)
3rd Star: Emery Olauson (Knoxville)
MARYVILLE, TN - Maryville College junior defensive end Blake Barnes was named to the D3football National Team of the Week following his effort against Ferrum College to conclude the 2010 season. Barnes, a LaBelle, Florida native, had eight total tackles, six solo, along with three and a half sacks and two more tackles for loss in the final regular season game of the season in Ferrum, Virginia. The two-time All-USA South performer also had three quarterback pressures in helping Maryville limit Ferrum to 21 total yards rushing. Ferrum was averaging over 240 yards rushing in their option offensive attack.
A complete list of the National Team selected by D3football.com can be found at: http://www.d3football.com/awards/tow/2010/week11
MARYVILLE, TN - The Maryville College Scots fell to the Marietta College Pioneers in the 40th annual Shrine Tournament in Marietta, Ohio on Saturday evening by the score of 79-68.
The Pioneers (3-0) broke a 17-17 tie at the 9:56 mark and did not look back. Marietta finished the half with a 42-35, seven point advantage. Maryville pulled to within three (48-45) following a Dustin Baxter three-pointer at the 15 minute mark in the second half. The host team pulled away at the 7:33 mark by 16 points (69-53) before the Scots could settle for the eleven point loss.
Marietta had three players paced their scoring. Trevor Halter led all scorers with a 17 point effort. Tyler Hammond added 15 while Kevin Knab added 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Dustin Baxter paced Maryville’s offense with 11 points. Maverick Willett and Lucas Woodruff each had nine points. Brandon McGill was MC’s leading rebounder with six boards.
Eryk Watson and Brandon McGill were named to the 2010 Shrine Tournament All-Tournament squad.
The Scots (1-2) will begin preparation for next weekend’s trip to Atlanta, Georgia to challenge in another strong NCAA Division III tournament. Maryville will participate in the 2010 Emory Tournament against Oglethorpe and Emory next Saturday and Sunday.
DYERSBURG, Tenn. — The hardest adjustment for a young college basketball team is getting used to playing on the road. Evidently, that doesn’t apply to the Walters State Senators.
The youthful Senators and veteran coach Bill Carlyle improved to 3-0 on the road this season, including back-to-back Tennessee Community College Athletic Association victories, with a 94-67 rout of Dyersburg State Saturday evening in Dyersburg.
With the win, Walters State improves to 3-2 on the year and 2-1 in TCCAA action. The loss drops the homestanding Eagles to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in league play.
The Senators jumped out to a 48-32 lead at halftime and never looked back, as they outpointed the Eagles 46-35 in the final 20 minutes.
Walters State shot 48.5 percent (32 of 66) from the field in the win, while also making 26 of 42 from the free throw line. The Senators also outrebounded Dyersburg 60-40 in the contest.
Freshman Lamar McKnight led the Senators with a career high 17 points and nine rebounds in the win, while fellow freshman Terry Roberts tacked on a career best 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Freshman Cyrille Sandjon added 11 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Lamada Williams and sophomore Desmond Crisp each chipped in 10 points in the win.
Dyersburg State shot only 32.4 percent (22 of 68) from the floor, including a paltry 27 percent (10 of 37) from long range. George Coleman led the Eagles with 17 points, and B.J. Marshall added 14 in the loss.
Walters State will return to action Tuesday evening when they host Catawba Valley at 6 p.m. inside ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium.
DYERSBURG, Tenn. — The youth and inexperience for veteran Walters State coach Dave Kragel’s Lady Senators finally showed Saturday afternoon, as a four-point lead late in the game turned into a 51-49 loss after a Natosha Hunt go-ahead basket with 3.2 seconds left lifted Dyersburg State to an upset victory.
The 11th-ranked Lady Senators led 28-23 and were on top for much of the afternoon, but the closing 6-0 stretch in the final two minutes by the Lady Eagles carried them to the win.
With the win, Dyersburg State evened its record at 4-4 overall and improved to 1-3 in Tennessee Community College Athletic Association play. The loss drops Walters State to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
The Lady Eagles shot 38.8 percent (19 of 49) in the win and made only 3 of 14 from long range. Dyersburg State did manage to make 10 of 12 from the charity stripe, and they scored 18 points off of 20 Lady Senator turnovers.
Hunt paced the Lady Eagles with 12 points in the contest, while Kazeray Dabbs and Markita Cole had 10 points each in the win.
Walters State connected on only 34.6 percent (18 of 52) of their shot attempts, including only 5 of 16 from behind the three-point line. The Lady Senators did hold a 38-28 advantage on the glass.
Jama Hammontree led Walters State in the contest with 13 points, while Ashley Thurman chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds in loss.
The Lady Senators will return to the hardwood on Friday when they take part in the two-day Lady Jaguars Thanksgiving Classic at Georgia Perimeter College. Walters State will play 12th-ranked South Georgia Tech and Meridian (Miss.) in the tourney.
Knoxville, TN – Chris Pontes’ two goals and an a late offensive barrage grounded the Pensacola Ice Flyers, giving the Knoxville Ice Bears a much-needed win on home ice and splitting a pair of games in weekend action at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.
After losing 5-4 last night, the Ice Bears played a powerful game and a solid third period, conquering the Ice Flyers 7-3 shattering Pensacola’s three-game win streak.
For the second night in a row, Pensacola scored first and fast- just 5 minutes into the first period. Ice Bears captain Mike Bulawka tied the game with a clean shot from Frank Furdero and Mark Van Vliet, putting the puck past Pensacola goalie Robert Scott. Just 1:03 minutes later, Eric Slais finds the stick of Pontes, who rocketed one past Scott, giving the Ice Bears a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.
The second period started with another early goal from Pensacola to tie the game at 2. About 2 ½ minutes later, Pontes scored his second goal of the game slipping the puck past Scott and once again lifting Knoxville into the lead.