MBB Preview: Stillman vs Dalton State

Men’s Basketball – Wed, Nov. 17, 2021 at 12:25 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Stillman College looks to continue its momentum from its 2020-2021 Southern States Athletic Conference West Division men’s basketball championship and NAIA Round of 16 run when  the Tigers open SSAC play at home Nov. 18 against Dalton State on Thursday, Nov. 18. It’s the first of two SSAC games this week as Stillman will travel to No. 7 Talladega College on Saturday, Nov. 20 for the SSAC Game of the Week. 



SERIES: Stillman College (4-0, 0-0 SSAC) vs. Dalton State  (5-2, 0-0 SSAC)

TIME: Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Birthright Alumni Hall – Tuscaloosa, Ala.



Series Record: Tied 2-2
First Meeting: Stillman 111, Dalton State 99  (Nov. 29, 2018)

Last Meeting: Dalton State 79, Stillman 70 – (March 6, 2020)  – Recap



Stillman opens Southern States Athletic Conference action with a No. 15 ranking and 4-0 record over the last two weeks of non-conference road action against fellow HBCU programs. 

“The beginning of our year we’ve had to be road warriors. That was expected coming off the year we just had playing so many at home. It will help us grow closer to ether and put us in situations that will make us better. Playing on the road is tough, and will put these guys in situations that will help them get ready for March,” said John Teasley, who is in his fifth season as head coach.  

The Tigers return 10 of its 15 players from the 2020-2021 NAIA Round of 16 run, including All-Americans Trey Petty, Devin Merriweather and LaDarius Carter. Joining the 10 are Shelton State transfer Dayvion Dennis, who redshirted last season, and post players Chance Fisher from the 2019-2020 Tiger roster and former Morehead State transfer Londell King, who played for Stillman in 2018-2019. The only two newcomers to the 2021-2022 roster are freshman forward Kyle Weaver (Slidell, La.) and senior guard Travious Johnson (Union Springs, Ala.). This return not only hopes to pay dividends on the court but come May when Teasley hopes to have 10 players graduate with a degree from Stillman College. 

 “This is why we do what we do is to watch guys walk across the stage, get their degree and move on to do good in society,” Teasley said.

Through the first four games, Stillman is averaging four in double-figures, led by Merriweather’s 13 points per game, Petty’s 11.3 and Carter’s 10.3. King is delivering 10 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while Johnson has nine points per game. Merriweather continues to pace the Stillman offense with 5.5 assists per game and a 1.5 assist to turnover ratio, while playing 36.8 minutes per contest. Virgil Fields, who has started all four games in the post, is leading the team with eight rebounds per game, including 3.5 offensive boards.

This is Stillman’s first meeting against Dalton State since the Roadrunners the 2020 SSAC semifinals, a game which proved to be Stillman’s final of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the NAIA Tournament. The two teams did not play in 2020-2021. 

Following Thursday’s conference opener, Stillman will travel to No. 7 Talladega College (6-0) for their first meeting as SSAC opponents on Nov. 20 in the SSAC Game of the Week. 



Currently sitting at 5-2 overall, Dalton State is led by Rodley Adjei’s 14.6 points per game and Franklin Almonte’s 12.4 points per game. The Road Runners are on a three-game win streak with victories over Lyon College, William Woods and Oakwood University in the last two weeks after dropping the first two games of the season to Thomas University and Bryan College. 

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