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Fast Stillman start stings Roadrunners as Dalton State drops second straight

Feb. 15—After a four-game win streak late last month, Dalton State has dropped three of its last four against some of the top teams in the Southern States Athletic Conference.

Dalton State (14-10, 10-7 SSAC) lost its second straight when the Roadrunners dropped 72-63 at home to Stillman (17-7, 14-3 SSAC) — currently the second-seeded team in the SSAC — Wednesday night. Dalton State drops down to 10-7 in the conference and sits at sixth in the league with three to play.

Dalton State fell into a big hole early against Stillman, and, despite rallying to make the game competitive throughout the rest of the way, Dalton State never tied the game or took the lead after the early deficit.

A Carterius Evans jumper at 17:40 in the first half marked the final time the game was tied, with the scoreboard showing 5-5.

An immediate Stillman 18-0 run left the Roadrunners reeling. A 3-pointer by Stillman's Bailey Talley made the score 23-5 at the 11:54 mark, making it almost six straight minutes without a Roadrunner point as Stillman still scored.

Dalton State responded with a 13-0 run, capped by a Kawasiki Ricks shot, to get the lead back down to five. Stillman maintained a slim advantage and took a 33-29 lead into halftime.

The Stillman lead never got lower than two points and bounced up to double-digits for most of the latter part of the second half.

A frigidly-cold shooting night from 3-point range helped keep Dalton State from finishing a comeback, as the Roadrunners went 2-for-13 from deep while Stillman hit eight triples.

Donavan Miller led Dalton State with 15 points and had four of the Roadrunners' seven assists. Evans had 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, and Franklin Almonte had 10 points and six boards.

Almonte and Evans helped the Roadrunners win the rebound battle 36-25 over Stillman.

The Roadrunners have just one home game remaining, a 2 p.m. tilt Saturday with Middle Georgia State. DSC then closes with road games at Blue Mountain Christian and Life before beginning play in the SSAC tournament.