SSU’s Baldwin to Transfer

Savannah State football player Jamichael Baldwin has decided to transfer.

According to a post on Baldwin’s twitter account on January 10, the sophomore wide receiver said “After a lot of praying and talking things over with my parents I’ve decided to transfer to North Carolina A&T.”

During the 2018 season, Baldwin played in nine games and caught six passes for 93 yards. He also ran the ball five times for 14 yards as a touchdown.

Baldwin, who stands at 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, was most dangerous on special teams where he averaged 16.78 yards on punt returns and 18.04 yards on kick returns.

In his two years at SSU, the Conyers native who grew up in Savannah, played in 20 games, ran the ball six times for 31 yards and one touchdown, caught 14 passes and averaged 13.6 yards per catch, returned 24 punts for a 14.7 yard average and returned 53 kickoffs for a 20.4 yard average and one touchdown.

Globetrotters to Honor Jackson

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters announced today that the team will honor three former greats as Globetrotter Legends, the team’s highest honor short of jersey retirement, at upcoming stops on their 2019 Fan Powered North American Tour.

Among the honorees is Savannah native Matthew “Showbiz” Jackson. Jackson, who will be honored at the team’s show in Atlanta on Jan. 20, toured for 20 seasons with the Globetrotters, serving as one of the team’s top showmen. The other honorees are Michael “Wild Thing” Wilson, and Osborne “Goose” Lockhart.

SSU Splits With Morgan State, FAMU

The Savannah State basketball teams split recent road games with Morgan State and Florida A&M.

On January 7, the SSU men defeated Morgan State 88-87 but the Savannah State women dropped a 63-47 decision to the Bears. In the men’s game, the Tigers snapped a eight game losing skid as Jaquan Dotson and Romani Hansen scored 20 points apiece, Zach Sellers and Zaquavian Smith added 13 points each and Tyrell Harper chipped in 13 rebounds and 11 points. On the women’s side, Ta’Quasia Lampkin scored 16 points while Jacquece Alston added 10 points and six rebounds.

On January 12, the Tigers lost to FAMU 69-64 but the SSU women edged the Rattlers 54-50. In the loss, Hansen led the way with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Smith and Collins Joseph scored 11 points each and Dotson added 10 points.

In the women’s game, Alston had a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Jalea Gray and Heniaya Moton scored 12 points each.

FAMU was led by Savannah native Dy`Manee Royal. The Beach grad had 17 points and 10 rebounds. The SSU men are now 4-13 overall and 1-2 in the MEAC while the Lady Tigers are 4-8 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

Pough to Return to SC State

South Carolina State has announced that longtime football coach Buddy Pough will remain as head coach.

Athletics Director Stacy Danley said he was impressed with how the Bulldogs finished the season under Buddy’s guidance.

“To finish the season the way he finished it, with a very young team, that was impressive to me,” Danley said. “I took very good notes. After we sat down at the end of the year and I heard his plan and his thoughts, I looked at our reality, and I knew at that time this was the man for the job.”

The Bulldogs finished the 2018 season with a 5-6 record, but won four of their last five games.

Pough is four wins away from becoming the all-time winningest coach in S.C. State football history and he’ll have the chance to achieve that later this year. Willie Jeffries currently holds the record.

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