SSU Men Down Robert Morris
Preston Blackman scored 20 points to lead Savannah State to a 61-52 victory over Robert Morris in Tiger Arena on November 26. SSU led by 19 with eight minutes left but a strong surge by the visitors cut the Tigers lead to six with just over two minutes to go. Stephen Wilson and Arnold Louis each added 10 points for SSU. The Tigers played their first conference game of the season on December 1 but were defeated by Norfolk State 55-45 in Tiger Arena. NSU led by two with 7:23 left but took control down the stretch with a 12-2 run. Wilson had 13 points for SSU (5-4) while Blackman added 12 points and Louis grabbed 10 rebounds.
Lady Tigers Win MEAC Opener
Ezinne Kalu scored 21 points as Savannah State defeated Norfolk State 62-55 in Tiger Arena on December 1. It was the MEAC opener for both squads. Andrietta Thomas added 11 points and Jasmine Kirklnad came off the bench to score 10 while Erin Hogue had 11 rebounds for SSU (3-4). The Lady Tigers trailed 27-20 at the half but used a 16-2 run to take a five point lead with just under seven minutes remaining and never trailed again. Mississippi State defeated SSU 70-55 on November 28 in Starkville, Miss. SSU trailed by six at the half but the Bulldogs started the second period with a 9-1 run and never looked back. Kalu had 20 points while Hogue chipped in 18.
ECSU Wins Pioneer Bowl
DaRonte McNeill ran for 147 yards and scored twice to lead Elizabeth City State to a 28-13 win over Tuskegee in the Pioneer Bowl played on December 1 in Columbus, GA. The Vikings led 7-6 but McNeill had touchdown runs of 14 and 44 yards in the 4th quarter to give ECSU a 21-6 lead with 4:38 left. Tuskegee got as close as 21-13 but the Vikings put the game out of reach when Josh Brooks returned a interception 80 yards for a touchdown with 1:16 left. Derrick Washington ran for 185 yards for Tuskegee while Justin Nared passed for 183 yards and Marquel Gardner caught seven passes for 112 yards.
Stevens To Join Hall of Fame
Former Savannah State football player Joe Stevens will be one of five people inducted into the Liberty County Athletic Hall of Fame. Stevens was a three-sport athlete at Bradwell Institute and earned a football scholarship to SSU by then coach Frank Ellis, Jr. Stevens earned a degree in criminal justice from Savannah State in 1979 and is currently employed with the Department of the Army as an anti-terrorism officer and physical security specialist at Fort Gordon. The ceremony will take place December 13 at Club Stewart on Fort Stewart at 7pm. Tickets are $20 each. For more info, call 912-369-4572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.