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Roadrunners dash Belhaven 73-64

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DALTON, GA ( State basketball upped their record to 12-2 overall and 4-1 in the conference Saturday night. The Roadrunners jumped out to an 11-0 lead before Belhaven University could get on the scoreboard.

A Mashburn Arena crowd of 951 mostly Roadrunner fans saw the hosts build a 14 point lead at the 55 seconds mark. Dalton State then moved on to a half-time score of 40-28.

The hosts were out rebounded again. Belhaven pulled down 37 rebounds to Dalton State's 33. The Roadrunners shot 76.5 % from the foul line – 13 of 17. The Blazers were better. 88.9% (8 of 9).

Dalton State's Sean Tate scored 23 points. Jordan Bowling scored 19 points in the first half, but sat out a lot of the second half. He finished with 21 points and six rebounds.

Belhaven's De ‘La Mayers scored 20 points and had nine rebounds. Jordan Bedford scored 15 points. Josh Carpenter scored nine. Josh Gaskin and Datodrick Pinkston each scored seven points. Jerrial Dawson added six points.  

Ladaris Green scored ten points and added six rebounds. Jamaine Burrey scored six points and Anthony Hilliard scored four points.

“I'm really proud of Anthon Hilliard for holding Jordan Bedford,” said Dalton State Coach Tony Ingle. “He (Bedford) is averaging nearly 23 points per game.  Anthony held him to 15. That's eight points a game we didn't have to score and he can get off more.”

Bedford's scoring average is third best in the NAIA Division I, behind Marty Wilkerson pf St. Gregory's, Ok (24.60) and Phillip Miller of Wiley, Tx (23.36). Dalton State's Ladaris Green is NAIA D-I's top rebounder at 12.54 rebounds per game. Sen Tate is currently the 12th best free throw shooter, hitting 0.870 percent.

Coach Ingle said Preston Earle and Sean Tate were responsible for holding Dawson to six points. He is averaging 12.87 points per contest. “We rotated Preston and Sean on Dawson.”

“Jordan Bowling really got us going in the first half tonight. We kept calling his play for inside. He had a couple of good offensive put backs. He's strong and can take a lick and still finish. He was in foul trouble, but we had to play him and put him back in at the right time. Finish strong. Jordan and Ladaris are unsung heroes on the defensive end of the court.”

“Sean is just awesome,” Ingle added. “He is an unbelievable, cerebral player, a lot or hear, a coach on the floor. I might have to call him ‘turbo Tate' because he has another gear.”          

All of the Roadrunner players give credit to quality coaching and to a team effort. “I give all of the credit to my coaches,” said Tate.  They did a real job with our game plan tonight. My teammates helped me out a lot and put me into good position.”

“Belhaven is a real good team. Every team in our conference is real good so every game in our conference is going to competitive. Jordan Bedford is one of the best guards in the nation and Jarrial Dawson is also very good.”  

The Roadrunners return to action on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. when they host Life University. The Running Eagles (9-4) from the Mid-South Conference. Dalton State defeated the Running Eagles in overtime 99-96 back on November 10th.

All Dalton State home games are played at Mashburn Arena in the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center.

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