Dalton State Hosts 1st Annual Carpet City Christmas Tournament This Weekend

Friday, December 20, 2013 - by Bob Beavers
Dalton Coach Tony Ingle instructs Roadrunner guard Ricky Sears
Dalton Coach Tony Ingle instructs Roadrunner guard Ricky Sears
Four highly competitive college basketball teams will battle Friday and Saturday at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center this weekend as the Dalton State Roadrunners (12-1) host the first annual Carpet City Christmas Tournament.

Similar to the Roadrunner Basketball Club tournament on November 15 and 16, Cumberland University (9-0) of Lebanon, TN will come in to play at 6:00 p.m. each night.

Dalton State will then play at approximately 8:00 p.m. each night.

Friday night's early game features the Cumberland Bulldogs, ranked #23 in the NAIA Division I polls, against Belhaven University from Jackson, MS.


The Belhaven Blazers (4-4) come into the tournament with wins over Coastal Georgia (79-68), Auburn Montgomery (85-52) and Emmanuel of Georgia (74-71).

The Blazers split with Tougaloo College. Winning early in the season (80-79) but falling last week (72-69). Dalton State downed Belhaven in Clinton, MS on October 30 (65-63). The game had to be played at MIssissippi College because of water damage to the BU gym floor. The Blazers also fell to Dillard University (65-63) and to Brewton Parker (78-69).

Dalton State hosts Concordia College (10-9) from Selma AL Friday night. The Hornets have split a couple of high scoring games with Southern Institute, losing the season opener (101-99), but winning on December 3 (110-99).

Concordia wins have included some familiar foes. They have beaten Reinhardt University twice (103-74 and 88-76). The Roadrunners will see the Eagles (7-8) at home on January 2 and in Waleska on January 25.

The Hornets have also stung Auburn Montgomery (86-82) and Southern Poly (95-84). One of their defeats was at NAIA #17 ranked Faulkner (AL). Dalton State will play the Faulkner Eagles twice, at home on January 4 and in Montgomery, AL on February 13.

Saturday night action will see Cumberland facing Concordia at 6:00 and Dalton State meets Belhaven at around 8:00 p.m.

Dalton State games Friday and Saturday nights will also be on Mix 104.5 FM.

Friday - Dec. 20

Cumberland (TN) and Belhaven (MS) - 6:00 p.m.
Dalton State and Concordia (AL) - 8:00 p.m. (or 30 minutes after the first game)

Saturday - Dec. 21

Cumberland and Concordia - 6:00 p.m.
Dalton State and Belhaven - 8:00 p.m. (or 30 minutes after the first game)

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