Dalton State Wins Over Spring Hill 74-69

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Coach Tony Ingle’s Dalton State basketball team upped their record to 17-1 Monday evening with a 74-69 victory over Spring Hill College.

The Badgers scored the first five points of the game. A three-point shot by Sean Tate gave the Roadrunners their first lead of the night, 9-7, with 13:37 on the clock. A few seconds later, Spring Hill regained the lead on a three from Alex Looney. 

Dalton went up by six (24-18) with 7:01 left before intermission, but Spring Hill scored the next eight points to take a 26-24 lead. A three by Tyrel Edwards put the Roadrunners back on top.

The game went back and forth before Frederick Gatson hit a shot in the paint with five seconds left in the half to give the Badgers a 34-33 lead. 

Dalton State went up early in the second half and took a 12-point lead at the 6:17 mark when Tate hit a lay-up, was fouled, and made a three-point-play out of it.

The Roadrunners hit 9 of 12 free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory, 74-69. 

Dalton’s Edwards gave the home fans someone new to cheer for. Edwards, playing in his first game since being declared eligible earlier in the afternoon, came off the bench lead Roadrunner scorers with 16. The 6’5” forward hit 3-6 from beyond the arc.

Guard Sean Tate went seven of seven from the foul line to score 15 points.  Tate also hit two of his three shots from outside.  Ricky Sears, Erich Allen, and Preston Earle each added 10 points. 

Demetrice Jacobs scored eight (3-4 free throws) and Anthony Hilliard five for DS.

“We have an unselfish team,” Ingle said. “On any given night, someone else comes through for us.”

 “I’ve not seen such hustle on a Dalton court since I was playing here,” Ingle joked. “This is not my team, this is not the players team,” he added. “This team belongs to all of us.  It’s a Dalton community team. It’s something that hopefully we can all continue to get behind.” 

Monday night it was Edwards. He had just been declared eligible a couple of hours before tip-off.  “He’s been practicing with us,” said Ingle.

He is a good student”.

The native of Hamilton, Ontario finished his high school career at Huntington Prep in Huntington, W. Va. He played his freshman year as a guard at Vincennes (IN) University. 

Long time Roadrunner fans remember Vincennes as a junior college powerhouse. He averaged 12.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Edwards hit 51% from the field and 73% from the free-throw line for the Trailblazers.

The newest Roadrunner then saw action at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. 

“It’s hard going through the process,” Ingle said. “Getting records from other schools and obtaining NAIA eligibility can be time consuming.” He praised assistant coach John Redman, Sr. Associate Athletic Director Richard Skeel, and faculty athletic representative Dr. Tom Veve for working long hours on compliance.

The work paid off Monday. “We’ve been working hard in practice,” said Edwards. “I am glad to be a part of this great team. I hope to help where I can.” 

Spring Hill out rebounded the Roadrunners 42-37.  Dalton finished with 63% free throw shooting (17-27) to the Badgers’ 76.5% (13-17).

The visitors played all ten and nine scored.  Four reached double figures. Frederick Gatson had a game high 20 points and 13 rebounds, Robert Gipson 14 (4-5 from the charity stripe), Jarrett Calhoun 10, and January 28 at 7:00 Alex Looney 10. 

Dalton State runs the winning streak to 13. The Roadrunners next action comes Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Carver Bible College in southwest Atlanta.

Four home games remain on the inaugural four-year season for Dalton State basketball.  They host Virginia Intermont College at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 13; Life University on January 28 at 7:00 p.m.; Allen University on February 1 at 4:00 p.m.; and Tennessee Temple at 7:00 p.m. on February 25.


Gregory, McClure Voted Preseason 4A All-State

Hixson's Brody Gregory and East Hamilton's Jake McClure have been voted to the Preseason Class 4A all-state football team in Murphy Fair's Tennessee High School Football. When coaches were completing their survey for Fair's annual preseason high school football magazine this past spring, they were asked to vote for players in their own classification who were the best ... (click for more)

Jackson Generals Shutout Chattanooga Lookouts Thursday, 6-0

Jackson, Tenn. - For the first time in nearly two weeks, the Jackson Generals scored more than four runs in a 6-0 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts in front of 2,504 on Thursday night at The Ballpark at Jackson. Tyler Herb cruised on the hill to pick up his first Double-A win in his first Double-A quality start. The hurler threw six scoreless frames and gave up just two hits, ... (click for more)

SEC Freezes Accounts Of 2 Chattanooga Brokers Accused Of Diverting $5 Million Raised From Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced it has won a court-ordered asset freeze to halt an ongoing fraud by two former Chattanooga brokers with disciplinary histories who allegedly raised more than $5 million from investors without using the money as promised.  In an emergency action filed in Federal Court in Chattanooga, the SEC alleges that James Hugh ... (click for more)

Downtown Landmark The James Building Sold For The 2nd Time In 2 Years

A longtime downtown Chattanooga landmark, the James Building, has been sold just two years after trading hands. The former owners of Rivermont Golf and Country Club bought the 12-story office building in May 2014 from Luken Holdings for $5.1 million. Rivermont James Building LLC has now sold the skyscraper for $5,868,000. The sale was to Dew James LLC. Knoxville attorney ... (click for more)

America Is The Main Issue - And Response (4)

Many get tired of hearing this, but to stay at home on election day, vote Libertarian, or write in your favorite candidate, will insure that the issues of Libertarians and other points of view, will never be solved in your lifetime. Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court appointments will continue Obama's destruction for many years to come. I fully understand that Donald Trump may ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Hot Cars And Stuff

As of Friday afternoon, there was a one-year-old girl in Birmingham clinging to her life after she was absent-mindedly left in a parked car this week. With an outside temperature in the mid-90s, it is estimated the inside temperature in a locked automobile will be over 140 degrees so please know our Good Samaritan laws give you “a free pass” to bash a window out if you see an infant ... (click for more)