February 15, 2014

Southern Poly pays Dalton State back

From Staff Reports
sports@daltoncitizen.com

— Despite holding a double-digit lead at one point in each half Saturday, Dalton State College’s men’s basketball team lost 92-90 to Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta.

The Hornets (10-14) had to hold off a final charge by the visiting Roadrunners (23-4), though. SPSU held an 11-point lead with just more than a minute remaining in the game.

Dalton State led 46-38 at halftime but lost control of the scoreboard in the second half.

“We had 14 steals at halftime to get us the lead,” coach Tony Ingle said. “Our offensive execution and defensive game slippage really hurt us after that.”

The Roadrunners’ LaDaris Green was in foul trouble throughout Saturday’s game and was limited to eight points.

Preston Earle, who hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer against SPSU in Dalton on Dec. 2, also led the Roadrunners in Marietta. He finished with a game-high 24 points.  

Demetrice Jacobs had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Dalton State — which was outrebound 25-20 — while Ricky Sears added 20 points and Tyrel Edwards had 13.