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Dalton State downs Brewton-Parker, will head into showdown with 10th-ranked UT Southern on 4-game win streak

Feb. 1—Dalton State College will roll into a rematch with 10th-ranked UT Southern on Saturday on a four-game winning streak.

The Roadrunners ran their streak to four with a 71-60 road win over Brewton-Parker (8-14, 4-10 Southern States Athletic Conference) in Mount Vernon on Wednesday night.

Dalton State improved to 13-7 and 9-4 inside SSAC play, good for a tie for third in the conference. UT Southern is 14-0 in the league and 20-2 overall, and comes into Saturday's game, which is at 2 p.m. at Dalton State's Bandy Gymnasium, on a 16-game win streak. One of those wins was a 63-57 victory over Dalton State in December.

To get to that matchup with the top team in the conference, Dalton State pulled out to an 11-point halftime lead and maintained that margin in the 71-60 win over the team currently slated at 10th in the SSAC.

Brewton-Parker held its largest lead of the game with a 27-23 advantage with six minutes left in the first half, but the Roadrunners caught fire, outscoring the Barons 13-2 the rest of the half, including an 11-0 streak to end it.

Donavan Miller kicked the 11-0 spurt off with a layup and capped it with another with six seconds left in the half to make Dalton State's advantage 40-29 at the break.

Miller led Dalton State with 23 points, and his two assists tied the all-time Dalton State career assist record, knotting him at 261 career helpers with former Roadrunner Sean Tate.

More Miller heroics helped Dalton State maintain its second-half advantage. A 3-pointer with 14:09 left pushed the lead to its largest at 15.

The Barons brought the Roadrunner lead down to three with 5:38 left, but the Roadrunners used another strong close to a half to pull away.

A free throw by Carterius Evans started a 9-1 stretch the rest of the way for Dalton State. Four straight made Miller free throws in the final 34 seconds closed the game out.

Evans finished second to Miller in scoring with 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Matt Compas put in 15 points, while Harrison Eghan scored just four put grabbed 13 rebounds.

Zailan Blue led Brewton-Parker with 19.