February 22, 2014

Roadrunners earn dominant basketball victory

Demetrice Jacobs had 16 points and 11 rebounds Thursday night to lead Dalton State College’s men’s basketball team in a 78-62 win at Alabama’s Auburn University at Montgomery.

“Anytime you can win on the road, it’s a great win,” Dalton State coach Tony Ingle said.

The Roadrunners (24-4) trailed the Warhawks (8-15) just twice in the game — 2-0 and 10-9 — and led 35-22 at halftime before building a 26-point lead during the second half. Dalton State, which beat the Warhawks 75-68 on Nov. 26 in Dalton, led 65-39 with 7:01 remaining Thursday.

Jacobs went 7-for-8 from the foul line, part of a 24-for-33 effort by the Roadrunners. LaDaris Green also flirted with a double-double, finishing with 11 rebounds and nine points, while Ricky Sears chipped in 15 points.

Jon Taylor scored 15 points to lead the Warhawks, who also got 10 points from Dalton High School graduate Tristen Harrell.

The Roadrunners play at 4 p.m. today at College of Coastal Georgia (11-16) in Brunswick. They’ll close their season at 7 p.m. Tuesday as Chattanooga’s Tennessee Temple University (16-10) visits the trade center for Dalton State’s senior night.

The night is also designated as a “Green Out” to support the GreenHouse in Dalton, a child advocacy center that serves Murray and Whitfield counties. Fans can purchase GreenHouse T-shirts ($10 for short sleeves and $15 for long sleeves) at the game or in advance at the Dalton State athletic department offices on College Drive.

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