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Turnovers and poor shooting derail the CGTC Titans against #3 Columbia State 80-58

Hutchinson, KS - The #3 nationally ranked Columbia State Community College Chargers, led by TJ Dunans (29 points), derailed the Central Georgia Technical College Titans dreams of an NJCAA Division I national title, with a first round 80-58 victory.

Dunans exploded for 20 points in the second half after shooting 2-for-13 from the field in the first half.  Dunans’ struggles gave Central Georgia Tech an opportunity to stick around and play with the Chargers.

“Unbelievable player. We knew going in that he was going to take a lot of shots,” said Central Georgia Tech coach Reco Dawson. “That’s what great players do. They make shots.”

Central Georgia Tech drilled 3-pointers on four consecutive trips down the court, including three from Rydealous "Spud" Taylor, to cut the Chargers’ lead down to 22-20. Columbia State answered with an 8-0 run on the next 3 possessions. 

The Columbia State CC Chargers led 38-31 going into halftime giving the Titans more than a glimmer of hope of knocking off the #10 seed in the Tournament. 

The CGTC Titans were also hindered by foul trouble. The Titans’ leading scorer, Cameron Baker (19.3 ppg), picked up his fourth foul with 11 minutes to go in the game. He fouled out soon after he returned with under 8 minutes left in regulation.

Central Georgia Tech ends its first trip to the tournament one-and-done but has hopes it will be the start of many appearances.

“The program has set a lot of first-time goals,” Dawson said. “It’s just a building block, or a stepping stone.”

Submitted by Leland Ragin
March 21, 2014

 

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