Chargers, Lady Chargers sweep Vol State at ‘The Web’

By Maurice Patton

COLUMBIA — With three double-digit scorers – including former local standout Tre Carlton – Columbia State extended its win streak to six games Tuesday night, defeating Volunteer State 94-72 at the Webster Athletic Center.

The Chargers (6-1) got 18 points from Chris Nix and 10 each from Carlton, who played his senior season at Centennial after previously playing at Summit, and fellow freshman Chris McKnight.

A total of 13 players scored for Columbia State.

“We have to be better on defense,” C-State coach Winston Neal said. “We got really sloppy, especially against their 3-point shooters. There were times we looked good defensively. That’s when we made our runs.”

Led by Zachary Morris’ 19 points, Volunteer State hit 10 treys. The Chargers had eight – none from returning all-conference selection Jamari Bostic.

“They faceguarded Jamari all night,” Neal said regarding the sophomore guard, who finished with four points. “They took him away. They took him away the last time we played, so we knew it was coming.

“The good thing is that we had other guys step up. Chris and Tre had five 3s combined. If they’re going to take something away, we have to make them pay.”

Lady Chargers exhibit offense: Diamond Cannon and Nya Caruthers combined for 49 points as Columbia State defeated visiting Volunteer State 73-57.

The hosts took control early, going on a 15-2 run to start the game, and had one of their better efforts according to second-year coach Gwen Burton.

“It’s about bringing the energy at the beginning of the game, maintaining it throughout the game and having it at the end of the game,” Burton said. “We had that 15-2 run in the first quarter, but we can’t allow teams to hang around. Once you give teams hope, it’s all over.

“When we execute, we’re fine.”

Cannon scored a game-high 26 points, with Caruthers adding 23 points and six 3s. Mya Byrd finished with another 14 points for the Lady Chargers (2-6).

Next up: Columbia State will face visiting Dyersburg State in a Thursday doubleheader at the Webster Athletic Center. The women’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the men to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Columbia State women 73, Volunteer State 57

V 8 19 15 13 – 57
C 15 13 24 21 – 73

Volunteer State (57) – Malea Robertson 10, Haley Davis 4, Anaya Martin 14, Le-Vana Pridgen 10, Snowden Scott 6, Olivia Delk 13
Columbia State (73) – Mya Byrd 14, Nya Caruthers 23, Diamond Cannon 26, Emily Rominger 2, Jasmine Beard 1, Denaj’za Jackson 4, Bri Brown 3
3-pointers – Volunteer State 1 (Robertson), Columbia State 7 (Caruthers 6, Cannon)

Columbia State men 94, Volunteer State 72

Volunteer State (72) – Terrance Cross 11, Antuan Rhodes-Williams 13, Bobo Hodges 14, Jaylen Singh 2, James Anderson 2, Zachary Morris 19, Peyton West 9, Jared Carter 2
Columbia State (94) – Chris McKnight 10, R.J. Abernathy 5, Amirion Joyce 4, Tarre’q Williams 7, Chris Nix 18, Thomas Poore 2, Trevon Harris 8, Tre Carlton 11, Xavier Griffith 5, Kamarie Coffey 8, Darius Rozier 4, Jamari Bostic 4, Malique Oates 8
3-pointers – Volunteer State 10 (Cross 2, Rhodes-Williams 3, Hodges 2, Morris 3), Columbia State 8 (McKnight 2, Abernathy, Harris, Carlton 3, Coffey)
Half – Columbia State 48, Volunteer State 29

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