Dalton, GA is known for the carpet industry. Dalton State certainly rolled out the red carpet for visiting Stillman hoops on Valentines Night.

One of the hottest teams in the NAIA, Stillman raced out to a 23-5 lead over the Dalton State Roadrunners Wednesday night en route to a 72-63 road win in the Southern States Athletic Conference.

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Now on a seven-game win streak, Stillman (17-7, 14-3 SSAC) continues to hold onto second place in the SSAC standings ahead of the three opponents it will close the regular season against: Life University (11-6), William Carey (11-5) and Mobile (13-4).

Four Tigers scored in double figures, led by Antonio Jones' 22 points, seven assists and five rebounds. SSAC Player of the Week Bailey Talley notched a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Brenden Lankford-Johnson matched his 14 points. Justin Minter had 11 points and six assists. Jamar Jackson added nine points.

The Tigers shot 49.1% from the floor and held Dalton to 15.4% (2-of-13) from 3-point. Stillman sank eight threes in the game, led by a Lankford-Johnson's trio.

Dalton State's Matt Compas hit a jumper early in the second half that cut the Tigers' lead to two points, 33-31, but Talley answered on the other end, and then grabbed a defensive rebound to set up a Lankford-Johnson 3 that pushed Stillman's lead back to seven, 38-31. Midway through the second half, Dalton pulled within four points, but again Stillman answered, scoring a 6-0 run to lead by 10 points. The Tigers led by nine or more points the rest of the night.

Stillman will return home this week to host Life University in Homecoming on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m., following the SSAC Women's Game of the Week at noon. Both games will be broadcast on HBCU+.

Tickets are on sale now at GoStillman.com/Tickets for $20. Special chairback seating and courtside seats are also available.

Spectators attending the Homecoming games will enter campus onto Stadium Drive through the 40th Ave entrance. Parkings is $10.


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