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The Columbia State Chargers set the bar very high for the CSCC program as they went 2-1 in the 2014 NJCAA National Men’s Basketball Tournament. The 10th seeded Chargers were defeated Thursday night by the #2 seed Vincennes University out of Indiana. The Trailblazers (2-0) ended the Chargers (2-1) run 95-89 before one of the largest crowds of the tournament.

TJ Dunans CSCC 2014In losing Columbia State’s TJ Dunans tied a 65-year old NJCCAA National Tournament Record (for third highest points in a tournament game) with 52 points for the game. For the three games Dunans averaged 33-points as he pumped in 29, 18 and 52 respectfully.

For the game the Trailblazers had five players in double-figures and good height kept the Chargers at bay throughout the contest. Vincennes finished the season one notch above Columbia State in second place in the final NJCAA National Poll. The Chargers finish the season with a 28-4 record. The Trailblazers go to the final four with a record of 33-2.

TennesseeSportsNet wants to say congratulation to the team and coaches for making it to the Elite 8 of the NJCAA National Tournament. What a season!!! You should be proud!

The Columbia State Chargers entered Wednesday’s NJCAA Nationals Second Round game with one impressive win under their belt, facing the Salt Lake Bruins, in their first contest of the tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.

The Bruins came out hot in the first half building their lead to 14 over the Chargers, CSCC’s trapping defense resulted in several Salt Lake turnovers as Columbia State cut their advantage to 40-33 at halftime.

The second have was a shoot out as each team traded buckets early, but the Chargers defense would strike again. Bruins turnovers results in scores for CSCC as they cut the lead to 72-67 with 3:00 to play.

As the clock ticked down a TJ Dunans’ basket gave CSCC the lead 78-75 with
:18 left. The Chargers had fought hard late in the first half to cut a 14 point Bruin lead down to 7 at the intermission and whittled away in the second 20:00 to take the lead. But the Bruins had great three-point shooters, one being Gary Patton. With 7.7 seconds to play Patton drilled tray from the left wing to tie the Chargers at 78.

But the #3 Chargers had Arturs Bremers. The sophomore from Latvia was having a great game from the three-point line as he had already knocked down six trays.

The announcers and probably everyone in the gym Wednesday was thinking TJ Dunans. The game before the freshman had 29. With 7.7 left Dunans took the inbounds pass, traveled down the far sidelines, broke toward the basket and threw a cross-court pass to a wide-open Bremers in the corner, who calmly pumped in his 7th three-pointer of the game as timed ran out.

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Columbia State erases a 14-point deficit to pull off an enormous victory. The “team” never gave up. The Chargers win 81-78 to advance to the Elite 8.

Arturs Bremers led the way for CSCC with 21 points, all three-pointers. Matt Smith and TJ Dunans each added 18.

Just a game side note…Salt Lake’s first game was against Columbia State. Teams in the tournament with a game played are 5-1.

CSCC will now play Vincennes, a 84-77 winner of Wallace State. The Chargers game will be 6:00 Thursday on NJCAATV.COM.

Here’s Columbia’s NJCAA Nationals side of the bracket:

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The #3 Columbia State Chargers, behind the hot shooting by freshman TJ Dunans advance to a second game Wednesday against 7th seed Salt Lake.

Columbia State defeated Central Georgia Tech 80-58 on Dunans 29 points. Justin Pride pumped in 14, Matt Smith added 12.

The Chargers led the entire way and was only threatened once early in the first half as CGT pulled to within two, 22-20. CSCC lead 38-31 at the half and quickly pulled away in the second half as the TCCAA Player of The Year, Dunans hit his first 6 unbelieveable shots from the field helping his team to a comfortable advantage.

CSCC will have an off day Tuesday and will return to action at 2pm Wednesday as they play seven-seed Salt Lake. It’ll be their 1st game of the tournament.

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The Columbia State Charger men’s basketball team is headed to the NJCAA National Tournament in Kansas despite losing the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Championship 81-76 to Walters State on Saturday.

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The 3rd ranked Chargers received an At-Large bid and will be seated 10th in the tournament. Their first action in Hutchinson will be Monday March 17th (Gm.6) 8:30 local time vs 23rd seeded Central Georgia Tech (21-12). CONGRATS Chargers and GOOD LUCK guys!

The Walters State Senators (20-13) are seeded 20th and will play their first game (Gm.3) Monday at 2:00 local time.

All NJCAA Tournament Action can be viewed on NJCAA TV powered by iHigh.com. Click here to watch the games.

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