MONTGOMERY, Ala. – #4 Dalton State is bringing hardware back to Dalton in the form of the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship trophy after the Roadrunners defeated #21 Loyola (La.), 79-70 in the finals of the SSAC Basketball Championships presented by Newk's Eatery at Cramton Bowl Multiplex in Montgomery, Ala. on Saturday night. The tournament championship is the second in school-history for the Roadrunners who won the tournament in 2017.
HOW IT HAPPENED
THE FIRST HALF
THE SECOND HALF
THE REST OF THE STORY
#4 Dalton State (Ga.) improves to 30-3 overall with the win, while #21 Loyola (La.) falls to 23-10 overall with the loss. Kevon Tucker led a trio of Roadrunners in double-figures with 20 points and six rebounds.
Tim Cameron and Myles Burns led the Wolf Pack with 15 points each. Cameron almost had a triple-double, adding 10 rebounds and eight assists. Zach Wrightsil had 14 points and Terry Smith Jr. pulled down 10 boards for Loyola.
BY THE NUMBERS
DS crashed the boards against a tough rebounding opponent (39-35) and won the battle in the paint (34-32). The Birds turned 16 Wolf Pack turnovers into 19 points on the offensive end and outscored them from the bench 27-8.
The Wolf Pack were more efficient from the field in the first half going 14-for-28 (50%), while the Roadrunners were 13-for-35 (37.1%) including 4-for-16 (25%) from behind the arc. The narrative changed in the second half where the Birds shot at a 53.8% clip versus 32.3% for Loyola.
With a berth in the NAIA Tournament now locked up, the Roadrunners will wait to see their fate in the NAIA Tournament Selection Show on Wednesday, March 11. Stayed tuned to dsroadrunners.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for links to watch the show.