The Savannah State women’s basketball team snapped a 4-game losing skid with a 79-55 win over Longwood on December 15 at Willett Hall. SSU shot 54 percent from the floor and won the rebounding battle 43 to 33. Savannah State (4- 5) had 4 players in double figures with Jasmine Kirkland leading the way with 20 points off the bench. Jasmine Norman added 19 points while Tiyonda Davis had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Bria Dorsey chipped in 11 points, 9 assists and 7 steals. SSU led 35-32 at the half and held a 43-42 lead with 15:26 left in the second period before taking control with a 20-2 run. Longwood cut their deficit to 13 with 6:31 left but SSU finished the game with a 16-5 run.
EWC Hires Alvin Wyatt
Alvin Wyatt, Sr. has been hired as the new head football coach at Edward Waters College. Athletic Director Johnny Rembert made the announcement during a press conference Tuesday, December 10th.
Wyatt had been the defensive coordinator and was named interim head coach on October 22th. Wyatt replaced former head coach Brad Bernard after the Webber International University game. He compiled a record of 2-2 with wins over Newport News Apprentice and the College of Faith. The Tigers finished the football season 2-9.
This will make Wyatt the fourth head coach at the college since the football program was re-instated in 2001, and the 13th overall at Edward Waters College.
Wyatt was named the ninth head coach at Bethune-Cookman University, where he coached from 1997-2009. During his tenure, he became the college’s all-time winningest coach, compiling a record of 90-54.
SSU Woes Continue
The Savannah State men’s basketball team had two road games last week and returned home with two setbacks as well as a 7-game losing streak. The Tigers lost to Northern Iowa 55-50 on December 10 and to Arkansas 72-43 on Dec. 12. Against Northern Iowa, SSU trailed by 9 with 31 seconds left but fell short. Devan Williams had the hot hand for the Tigers with 18 points off the bench while Jyles Smith added 11 points and 8 rebounds.
In the Arkansas game, SSU only trailed 27- 25 at the break but the Razorbacks opened up a big lead with a 12-run that gave them a 43-31 with 10:44 remaining. SSU would get back within 10 but Arkansas delivered the knockout punch with a 23-6 run. Williams and Alante Fenner each had 10 points for the Tigers (2-9).