Jackson Joins Staff at LSU
Former Savannah State offensive line coach Donovan Jackson was recently hired as a offensive analyst at Louisiana State. Jackson, who spent the 2015 season at SSU, worked this past fall as an offensive line intern for the Los Angeles Chargers. Before working at SSU, Jackson was a offensive line assistant at Norfolk State during the 2014 season. Following his playing days at Norfolk State, Jackson played on the professional level in the Arena League with the Laredo Lobos (2007) and Chicago Rush (2008).
HBCU Teams Make D-II Tournament
Five historically black colleges will participate on the men’s side in the NCAA Division II basketball tournament.
Morehouse and Virginia State earned top seeds in their bracket while Claflin earned a third seed. Morehouse will play Florida Southern in the first round while Virginia State will play Virginia Union and Claflin will play Clark Atlanta.
Four HBCU women’s teams received bids to the D-II tournament with Virginia Union getting a top seed. Virginia Union will play Bowie State in the first round. Other first round match-ups include Virginia State playing Edinboro and Clark Atlanta playing Union (Tenn.)
SSU Wins Share of MEAC Crown
The Savannah State (15-16, 11-4 MEAC) won a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference basketball title, with their regular season 94-81 win over South Carolina State on March 1 in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The Tigers share the regular season title with Hampton and Bethune-Cookman.
During the win over the Bulldogs, SSU was led by Ty’lik Evans who had 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Austin Dasent added 16 points and Dexter McClanahan, Javaris Jenkins and Zach Sellers all chipped in 15 points apiece. The Tigers will be the third seed in the MEAC tournament and will play the winner of the North Carolina
Central and Coppin State game on March 8 in the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.
Lady Tigers Lose In Overtime
The Savannah State women’s basketball team ended their regular season with a 80-78 overtime loss at South Carolina State on March 1. SSU trailed 24-22 at the end of the first quarter but held a slim 37-36 halftime advantage. The Lady Tigers outscored SC State 25-22 in the third quarter but could only score 10 points in the fourth quarter which resulted with the end of regulation being tied at 72-72. South Carolina State outscored SSU 8-6 in the extra period. Kaylee Allen had a career-high 38 points for SSU while Jazmine Bartlett scored 10
points. SSU (4-24, 1-15 MEAC) will enter the MEAC tournament as a 13th
seed and played Norfolk State in the opening round on March 5 in Norfolk, Virginia.