Banks Leaves SSU Football Staff
David Banks has left the Savannah State football coaching staff. Banks spent one year at SSU working as the Tigers quarterbacks. Prior to working at Savannah State, Banks served as running back and offensive line coach at Hampton. The former Valdosta State wide receiver has also worked on collegiate level at Valdosta State, New Mexico State, North Carolina Pembroke and East Texas Baptist. Banks has relocated to the state of Texas where his wife has a new job.
Livingstone Remains Undefeated
Livingstone College improved to 20-0 on January 31 with a 64-56 road win over Winston-Salem State. The Blue Bears are under the leadership of Savannah native Anita Griffin Howard. The Beach High graduate is in her first season at Livingstone after being hired in May 2014. Before taking over the Blue Bars, Hoard built a winner at Salem College in just two years. She has also logged time as an assistant at St. Augustine’s, Shaw and Winston-Salem State. During the off-season, Howard signed former Beach standout Amber Curtis to roster. Curtis is averaging 12 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists this season. Livingstone will host Shaw on February 7. Shaw (14-9) is coach by Savannah native Jacques Curtis. Howard, who is also a graduate of Armstrong State, is the daughter of the late Aaron and Paulette Griffin.
Tigers Lose Two Home Games
Norfolk State handed Savannah State lost their first home game of the season on January 26, by a score of 70-54. SSU trailed by nine with three minutes left but were outscored 12-5 down the stretch. Brian Pearson had 14 points for the Tigers while Terel Hall scored 12 and Saadiq Muhammad added 10. On Jan. 31, the Tigers fell to North Carolina A&T by a score of 62-59. SSU led 30-28 at the half but did not score in the second half until Hall made a free throw with 12 minutes left. The Tigers rallied to cut a 10-point deficit to 60-59 with 22 seconds left but the Aggies converted a pair of free throws to seal the victory. The Tigers (5-16) were led by Javaris Jenkins’ 11 points. Jamla Norman and Alante Fenner chipped in 10 points apiece.
Kalu Leads SSU Women Past Norfolk State
Jasmine Norman hit a pair of free throws with 16 seconds remaining to help Savannah State down Norfolk State 56-54 in Tiger Arena on January 26. SSU led by as many as 13 in the first half but trailed 31-30 at intermission. The Lady Tigers led by as many as six in the second period but NSU knotted the game at 54 with 2:22 left. Ezinne Kalu scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds, had four steals and dished out three assists for SSU.
Norman finished the game with 13 points and six rebounds while Kenyata Hendrick added 10 points. North Carolina A&T defeated SSU 53-48 in Tiger Arena on Jan. 31. A&T led 46-41 with 6:24 left but SSU tied the game at 46 with 2:32 on the clock.