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Delaware State 25 SSU 6

Jose Romo-Martinez kicked three field goals while the Delaware State defense limited Savannah State’s offense to 167 yards as the Hornets posted a 25-6 win over SSU in a game played at Alumni Stadium on November 3.

Romo- Martinez had field goals of 28 and 25 yards in the first half to help DSU (2-7, 2-4 MEAC) to a 10-0 halftime lead.

SSU quarterback D’Vonn Gibbons was sacked in the end zone for a safety late in the third quarter to expand the Hornets lead to 15-0.

Savannah State prevented a shutout early in the fourth quarter when freshman defensive lineman Cam Brown intercepted a pass and rambled 30 yards for a touchdown to make the score 15-6. The two-point pass attempt failed.

Later in the fourth quarter, Delaware State scored a touchdown and R0mo-Martinez added a 22 yard field goal to round out the scoring.

The loss drops Savannah State to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the MEAC. It also guarantees the program’s 20th consecutive losing season.

As a team SSU only hadeight first downs and were penalized 12 times for 91 yards.

Gibbons led the Tigers with 72 rushing yards while passing for 55 yards while De’Andre Snead caught three passes for 33 yards. Walter Yates anchored the defense with 13 tackles while Isaiah Bennett had 11 tackles and Donald Rutledge had 10.

Tigers Hold Hoff Thomas 111-107

In a game that featured 112 3-point shots, Savannah State survived their exhibition contest with visiting Thomas University in a game played at Tiger Arena on November 1.

SSU had a double digit lead with four and a half minutes left and had to hold off a late rally by the Night Hawks but prevailed in a 111-107 victory at Tiger Arena.

The Tigers led by five with 5:11 remaining but back-to-back 3-pointers by Romani Hansen and Zach Sellers stretched their cushion to 103-92 at the 4:11 mark.

That ignited a 15-5 run by the visitors from Thomasville, Georgia that pulled them within 108-107 with 44 seconds remaining.

The crowd of 1,450 saw SSU hold Thomas scoreless the rest of the way while getting free throws from Tyrell Harper (one) and Jaquan Dotson (two) .

Harper had a double double for Savannah State with 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

Hansen led the Tigers with 20 points and six rebounds while Jahlin Smith had 18 points and six rebounds, Zaquavian Smith added 15 points and four steals and Sellers chipped in 14 points, eight assists and five steals.

Sowell Powers Lady Tigers to Win

Allexus Sowell had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks as Savannah State defeated Allen 74-50 in an exhibition game played at Tiger Arena on November 1.

SSU out-scored the Yellow Jackets, who compete at the NAIA level, 10-8 in the first quarter and led 32-19 at the half.

The Lady Tigers pushed their lead to 52-29 after three quarters of play and out-scored Allen 22-21 in the fourth quarter for the 24-point victory.

In the opening quarter, SSU led 5-2 but consecutive baskets by Allen gave the visitors a 6-5 advantage with 5:49 showing.

With the score tied at 8-8, SSU’s TaQuasia Lampkin made a jumper at the 2:25 mark that gave the Lady Tigers a 10-8 lead.

Savannah State never trailed again.

Savannah State led by as many as 29 in the fourth quarter while the Yellow Jackets could only get as close as 23 down the stretch.

Myasia Jones led all scorers with 16 points in the victory while Azhana Maxwell chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.

SSU Out- Rebounded Allen 54 to 42.

SSU Men Second at MEAC Cross Country Championships

Participating in their last Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships, the Savannah State men’s cross country team finished second with 86 points. The event was held at the Delaware State Outreach & Research Center on October 27.

It was the program’s best finish since placing fifth at the 2016 meet. SSU earned a sixth place finish last year.

Abbas Abbkar and Suhieb Mohamed both earned all conference honors for their performance as top 15 finishers.

Out of 72 participants, Abbkar finished ninth with a time of 28:01.3 while Mohamed placed 12th after being timed at 28:12.40.

Since joining the MEAC, no Savannah State runner has placed higher than 17th ( Reuben Isreal-McBee in 2012).

Rounding out the SSU runners were Sahlu Atakilti, Cameron Pack and Terrance Sessoms

Atakilti was 16th with a time of 28:41.30, Pack placed 23rd with a run of 29:30.00 and Sessoms recorded a time of 29:47.30 to finish 26th.

North Carolina A&T won the men’s division with 51 points, followed by SSU, Bethune-Cookman (89), Maryland-Eastern Shore (90) and Norfolk State (118) to round out the top five.

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