Tigers Down Kennesaw State
Savannah State scored six runs in the second inning and held on to defeat Kennesaw State 7-5 on the road on February 19 for the Tigers first win of the season. Zachary Brigham had four hits and Todd Hagen drove in three runs in the victory. On Feb. 18, SSU lost their home opener to Georgia State, 7-6. Charles Sikes went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs in a losing effort. The Tigers took a three-game series from Chicago State over the weekend. The teams split a double-header on Feb. 22, winning the opener 7-4 but losing the nightcap 14-5. SSU closed the series on Feb. 23 with a 7-5 win over the Cougars. In the first game of the twinbill, Mendez Elder had two hits and scored twice while Parker Nix scored twice and drove in two runs. In the second game, Hagen drove in two runs while David Richards and Lee Moore each had two hits. In the series finale, SSU (3-4) scored three times in the eighth to secure the win. Moore and Sikes both had two hits and scored twice.
SSU Men Beat Bulldogs
Savannah State blew a 24 point lead but held on to defeat South Carolina State 75-65 in Orangeburg on February 22. The Tigers led by 24 with just under nine minutes left before SCSU stormed back to cut their deficit to 73-65 late in the game. SSU shot 52.8 percent from the field in the game as they improved to 10-17 overall and 8-5 in the MEAC. Deven Williams had 16 points for the Tigers while Keierre Richards chipped in 11. Khiry White and Alante Fenner added 10 points apiece. On Feb. 17, the Tigers lost to MEAC leader North Carolina Central 76-62 in Tiger Arena. Although the Tigers made 21 of 27 free throw attempts, NCCU converted 35 of 41 free throw attempts. Jeremy ingram made 16 of 17 free throw attempts on his way to 38 points in a winning effort. Williams scored 18 points for the Tigers while Joshua Montgomery had 11 and 6 rebounds and Richards contributed 10 points.
Lady Tigers Down NCCU
Ezinne Kalu and Jasmine Kirkland each scored 15 points to lift Savannah State to a 60-53 win over North Carolina Central in Tiger Arena on February 17. SSU broke open a close game with a 12-2 run in the second half and led by 13 with 2:31 left. Kenyeta Hendrix added 12 points in the win. SSU traveled to South Carolina State on Feb. 22 and were defeated 66-62. With 3:18 left the score was tied at 58 but the Bulldogs outscored SSU 8-4 the rest of the way. Despite the loss, four Lady Tigers scored in double digits. Hendrix and Jasmine Norman had 16 points apiece while Kalu scored 13 and Bria Dorsey had 10. the loss drops SSU to 15-12 overall and 8-5 in the conference.
SSU 2014 Football Schedule
The Savannah State football team will play three Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams in 2014. The Tigers will open the season at Middle Tennessee State on August 30 and play at Georgia Southern the following week on September 6. SSU will close the season at Brigham Young on November 22. The Tigers home opener will be on September 13 against Fort Valley State. SSU will have a early homecoming this year as the Tigers host Norfolk State on October 4. Other home contests include Bethune-Cookman (Oct. 18), Howard (Nov. 8) and North Carolina A&T (Nov. 15). The remaining schedule will be road games at Delaware State (Sept. 27), Florida A&M (Oct. 11), North Carolina Central (Oct. 25) and South Carolina State (Nov. 1). Savannah State will reportedly bring home $855,000 in guarantee money this season getting $275,000 from Middle Tennessee State, $175,000 from Georgia Southern and $405,000 from BYU.