Stillman pulls away from Dalton State with big second half

Jan. 11—A 58-point second half by Stillman left Dalton State behind in a 99-72 road loss for the Roadrunners Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Dalton State (9-7, 5-4 Southern States Athletic Conference) trailed just 41-36 at halftime, but the Roadrunners scored 36 again in the second half while the Tigers (9-6, 6-2) pulled away.

After the game was tied at 14 in the first half, an 11-0 run got Stillman an advantage that would reach as much as 17 points in the first half. A strong close to the first half, led by Donavan Miller, Harrison Eghan and Matt Compas, trimmed the deficit down to five at halftime.

Dalton State had the Stillman lead at just one point early in the second half, but, after another run by the Tigers, there was no coming back for DSC. A 12-0 run started it for Stillman, and the lead ballooned to 20 by the eight-minute mark. From a 45-44 deficit for Dalton State early in the second half, Stillman outscored the Roadrunners 54-28 the rest of the way.

It's the second straight game in which the Roadrunners have given up a second half of at least 58 points. The Roadrunners allowed 63 to Faulkner on Saturday, but Dalton State matched that output and came away with the win.

Three-point shooting was a primary reason Stillman was able to pull away from Dalton State on Wednesday.

Stillman hit 14-of-31 from behind the arc, good for 45.2%, while the Roadrunners managed just five makes on 29 attempts. Dalton State went cold after scorching the nets for a 57.9% 3-point shooting clip on Saturday.

Compas made two of those five threes on Wednesday and led Dalton State with 20 points. Eghan scored 11 and pulled down nine rebounds, while Miller and Allon Johnson both scored nine. Carterius Evans and Kawasiki Ricks each scored eight.

Bailey Talley led Stillman with 21, and Tyler Martin scored 19.

Dalton State has another SSAC road trip on tap for Saturday, when the Roadrunners head to Middle Georgia State for a 2 p.m. game.