North Carolina A&T 28 SSU 12
Kylil Carter threw for one touchdown and passed for another to lead 13th ranked North Carolina A&T to a 28-12 win over Savannah State in a game played at T. A. Wright Stadium on November 10. Carter tossed a 10 yard touchdown passed just before halftime to give A&T a 21-0 lead and added a 27 yard run on a quarterback keeper with 5:21 left in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game. The crowd of 4,788 saw SSU’s D’Vonn Gibbons throw a pair of scoring passes to his senior tight ends. Paris Baker had a 10 yard scoring reception with 10:16 remaining in the third quarter to make the score 21-6 and Tyler Hagan’s four yard touchdown catch drew the Tigers within 21-12 with 6:14 left in the game.
Gibbons ended the contest with 145 passing yards for the Tigers while Rashad Saxton ran for 54 yards. Czar Beneby caught four passes for 43 yards and Walter Yates had 11 tackles. Savannah State, which fell to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the MEAC, was penalized 12 times for 118 yards.
North Carolina A&T improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play.
SSU Women Set New Scoring Records
The Savannah State women’s basketball team set new school and NCAA scoring records on November 6 with their 155-26 win over Division III Wesleyan in a game played at Tiger Arena.
The 155 points breaks the old mark set during the 1975-76 season when Savannah State defeated Georgia Tech 141-18. It also was the most scored by a NCAA Division I team since 1987 when Long Beach State beat San Jose State 149-69. The 129-point win also set a new NCAA Division I margin of victory record, surpassing 108 points set in 2016 when Baylor defeated Winthrop 140-32 . In the lopsided victory, Jacquece Alston had a triple double with 13 points, 12 assists and 12 steals. Heniaya Moton scored 34 points followed by Myasia Jones (28 pts), Alexxus Sowell (19 pts) and Jaela Gray and Azhana Maxwell who had 12 points apiece.
Habersham Makes All SIAC Team
Albany State running back McKinley Habersham earned second team All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors for his play during the 2018 season.
Habersham was second on the Rams in rush- ing with 574 yards while scoring three touchdowns. The Savannah native also caught 12 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in helping Albany State to a trip to the SIAC Championship game where they lost to Miles 50-23 on November 10.
Tigers Win Home Opener
Jahlin Smith scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Savannah State to a 105-95 win in their home opener over Middle Georgia State on November 11. The score was tied at 91 with 3:52 left but SSU finished the game with a 14-5 run to get the win, which was their first of the season. Collins Joseph scored 19 points while Zaquavian Smith added 17, Zach Sellers scored 16 and Tyrell Harper chipped in 11.
The Tigers opened their regular season on Nov. 7 with a 98-83 road loss to Texas A&M. Joseph pumped in 20 points for SSU. Jaquan Doton and Z. Smith scored 13 each, Harper added 11 and Romani Hansen had 10 rebounds.
Savannah State fell to Georgia 110-76 on Nov. 9. SSU cut their 28 point deficit to nine early in the second half but UGA responded with runs of 11-0 and 10-0 to pull away. J. Smith had a career-high 20 points in the setback, Z. Smith scored 17, Sellers had 14 and Dotson netted 11.