Norfolk State 33 Savannah State 21
Norfolk State shut out Savannah State in the second half as the Spartans celebrated homecoming with a win over SSU (1-8) before a crowd of 16,269 at Price Stadium on November 3. NSU, who snapped a seven game losing streak, jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. The Tigers responded by scoring 21 points in the second quarter with Antonio Bostick throwing a 25 yard touchdown pass to Simon Heyward, Juwhan Arnold-Smith scoring on a one yard run and Javon Moore returning a interception 49 yards for a touchdown. Trailing 21-17, Norfolk State threw a Hail Mary to end the first half which was caught in the end-zone and the Spartans went into the half with a 24- 21 lead. NSU (3-7) padded their lead with a touchdown in the third quarter and a field goal in the fourth. Bostick, who was sacked 8 times, passed for 111 yards while running for 46. Heyward caught 6 passes for 73 yards while Wayne Burden had 12 tackles.
Fort Valley State 38 Albany State 20
Antonio Henton threw for 236 yards and 3 touchdowns to lift FVSU to a win over Albany State in the 23rd Fountain City Classic played in Columbus, GA before 22,251 spectators. The win improves the Wildcats to 8-2 and gives them the SIAC East Division title. Henton threw all 3 touchdowns passes of 13, 17 and 14 yards in the first half as the Wildcats led 26-6 at the half. FVSU led 35-6 after three quarters. ASU (6-4) scored twice in the fourth to get within 35-20 but FVSU kicked a field goal with just over a minute left. Chris Slaughter caught 5 passes for 115 yards for the Wildcats while the FVSU defense held the Rams to just 71 yards rushing.
SSU Opens Basketball Season
The Savannah State basketball teams opened their season with a exhibition game against neighboring Armstrong Atlantic State at Tiger Arena on November 1. AASU defeated the Lady Tigers 89-82 in overtime. The Lady Pirates led 73-61 with 4:23 left in regulation before SSU rallied to tie the game at 76 as Erin Hogue made a layup with one second left. In the extra period, with the game tied at 82, AASU finished the contest with 7 unanswered points to get the win. Ezzine Kalu had 21 points for SSU while Andrietta Thomas added 21 and Hogue chipped in 17 and 15 rebounds. Mauri Wells led four AASU players in double figures with 22 points and 12 rebounds. The SSU men cruised to a 74-57 win over the Pirates as Rashad Hassan led four Tigers in double digits with 18 points before a crowd of 4,350. Preston Blackman scored 13 while Chris Spears came off the bench to add 12 and Arnold Louis chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. SSU led by 11 at the half and by as many as 22 in the second period. The Pirates were paced by Aric Miller, the son of former SSU All-SIAC linebacker Ernest Miller, with 24 points.
Bethune-Cookman 24 Morgan State 13
Isidore Jackson ran for 111 yards including a 24 yard touchdown with 1:40 left to extend the Wildcats winning streak to five games before a crowd of 2,187 at Hughes Stadium. The score was tied at 10 at the half but B-CU (7-2) went ahead 17-10 in the third ona6yardrunbyBrodrick Waters. A 38 yard field goal by the Bears early in the 4th cut Cookman’s lead to 17-13 but that is as close as Morgan State (3-6) would get.