Walters State was beaten 50-38 in the second half on Saturday night to Caldwell Community College, ultimately losing 89-73 in the Senators Tip Off Classic Final.
With the loss, Walters State falls to 2-1 on the season.
“We just got beaten,” said Walters State coach Bill Carlyle. “We missed Josh (Jerome) today on the boards. We did not compete well. I was appalled at the way we handled things. We have to be much better than that.
De’Marius Boyd led the way at Walters State for a second straight game with 21 points on 7-15 shots. Ty Hurst, Izaiha Bredwood and Isaiah Farrior also added eight points each. Destin Barker led the team with nine rebounds.
As a team, the Senators shot 42% from the field and 35% from 3 points. For Caldwell, they shot 47% from the field and scored 10 3 points.
It was a back-and-forth affair to start the game as Ronnie Thompson moved things forward with a 3 point to put Walters State in the lead. The two teams traded buckets from there until Hurst scored four straight, which saw Walters State lead 10-8.
The lead was reduced to four seconds later when Boyd landed a jump, but Caldwell took control after that. The Senators sometimes reduced Caldwell’s lead to one, but were never able to regain the lead. Walters State came into the half with some momentum when Bredwood hit a buzzer to bring the score to 39-35 at halftime.
In the second half, it was Caldwell who came out very hot as they quickly extended their lead to 20 to just six minutes. Both teams did the rest to the end as Caldwell grabbed the win.
In the second half, Boyd had 15 points while Farrior had six.
Walters State will be back in action Wednesday as the conference begins, hosting Chattanooga State. The tip is set at 7:30 p.m.
Strong second half leads Walters State to Cape Fear
Walters State switched to a zone defense in the second half on Friday afternoon against Cape Fear in the Senators Tip Off Classic and that proved to be the difference as the Senators beat the Sea Devils, 73-67.
With the win, the Senators are 2-0 this season.
“They’re a very good basketball team,” said Walters State coach Bill Carlyle. “They are fast and shoot the ball well. They take advantage of your players, and I think they did a good job. The key for us was that we go to an area and stop penetration as much as possible. We were also able to slow down the transition a bit.
The Senators were led by De’Marius Boyd, who had a monster game with 36 points on 11-17 shots. Boyd collected half of the Senators’ points at halftime with 20 and is 9-11 from the free throw line.
A year after averaging 23 points per game and being named to the NJCAA second all-star team, Boyd appears to be picking up where he left off.
“Boyd has had his usual night,” Carlyle said. “If Boyd doesn’t show up, I don’t know where we would be.”
With Boyd, Isaiah Farrior added nine points off the bench while Josh Jerome had eight points and 10 rebounds.
As a team, Walters State shot 48% from the field and 41% from 3 points. Boyd hit five 3-pointers.
On the defensive end, the Senators held Cape Fear 34.5% and 2-12 off the 3-point line in the second half.
It was Cape Fear who came out strong to start the game as they built a 9-5 lead. However, Boyd started things off by scoring eight in a row, which gave the Senators a 13-9 lead. The lead increased to 19-10 minutes later after Farrior scored four times in a row and Riley Cooper hit a jumper.
After the race, Cape Fear caught fire and tied the game. The two teams fought from there without anyone bowing. Cape Fear would hit a buzzer at half-time to lead 42-20 at the break.
In the second half, the Sea Devils were the shooting team and built an eight-point lead with 14:42 remaining. Walters State was slowly starting to crumble until Farrior got a 3-point score that gave the Senators a 59-56 lead.
Walters State would never give up on the lead from there. The Senators took a 69-61 lead and held on for the victory.
“Our kids are young, but I think we’ll get there,” Carlyle said. “I like what we have. It’s a big, big win for us because this team can play. Tomorrow it will be more the same. “