BOLIVIA, N.C. — Walters State played rude guests to host Brunswick Community College Saturday, defeating the Dolphins 97-80 on the second day of the Brunswick Classic.
The Senators (10-5) came into the game short-handed. Paris Taylor missed the game with an ankle injury and Luiz Machado was forced to sit on a one-game suspension after receiving two technical fouls Friday night in a 90-71 loss to Cape Fear Community College.
Losing two of their main offensive weapons did nothing to slow WSCC down as they put up 37 points in the opening half, then 60 in the second period as Brunswick got just as hot from the floor.
Walters State shot 43.2 percent for the game while Brunswick shot at a rate of 46 percent.
The difference came from turnovers as the Senators protected the ball, surrendering only 10 while Brunswick turned it over 21 times in the game.
The Dolphins opened the game on a 5-0 run thanks to a couple of free throws from Najee Thomas and a three from Jordan Campbell. A free throw from Kobe Powell and two from Anthony Jones put the Senators on the board three minutes in and the teams traded buckets, with WSCC finally tying the score 16-15 seven minutes in.
A Powell jumper would give Walters State its first lead, 18-16 and they never trailed again.
Damarius Boyd led the Senators with 24 points coming off the bench to pair with six rebounds.
Powell put in 20 points, seven assists and grabbed six rebounds. Jones was two boards away from a double-double with 18 points and eight rebounds. Sly Thompson scored 14 and recorded six assists.
Silas Love had a double-double for Brunswick, scoring 18 and grabbing 18 rebounds.
Jeremiah Pope had 16 and Trevon Spencer contributed 10.
Walters State wraps up its Brunswick Classic trip with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Sunday. Tip off is 2 p.m.
Cape Fear 90 Walters State 71
Walters State and Cape Fear Community College battled toe-to-toe for the first 20 minutes, but the Sea Devils took over in the second half on their way to a 90-71 victory in the opening round of the Brunswick Classic at Brunswick Community College Friday night.
The Senators (9-5) and Cape Fear traded the lead back and forth in the game’s opening five minutes until Torey James knocked down a jumper to put the Sea Devils up 13-11 to spark a 12-0 run. Paris Taylor finally broke the stall for WSCC with two free throws to make the score 23-13.
Down 31-19, Walters State came alive in the final six minutes of the frame, beginning their comeback with a Luiz Machado layup.
With 1:41 to go Sly Thompson stole the ball from Cape Fear’s Royce Jarrett and hammered it home with a dunk on the other end that pulled the Senators within six, 37-31. Machado hit a three after a Talton Jones layup for the Sea Devils to make the score 39-34 at the half.
The final 20 minutes all belonged to Cape Fear.
Walters State hung around early thanks to Anthony Jones and Kobe Powell, but the Sea Devils got hot at the right time and ended the game shooting 52.2 percent from the floor.
WSCC was led by Taylor’s 14 points to go with his eight rebounds. Jones scored 12 with Thompson and Powell contributing 10 points apiece. Jones pulled down six rebounds in the game. Machado finished with seven points and five rebounds.
The Sea Devils put three players over 20 points, with Dakari Johnson and James scoring 24 each. Jones finished with 20.