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Tigers Beat Middle Georgia 105-95

Jahlin Smith had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Savannah State men’s basketball team to a 105-95 win over Middle Georgia State in a game played at Tiger Arena on November 11.

Also scoring in double figures for the Tigers were Collins Joseph (19), Zaquavian Smith (17), Zach Sellers (16) and Tyrell Harper (11).

On Nov. 13, SSU downed Tennessee Tech 97- 83 at Tiger Arena as Adam Saeed netted 24 points, Z. Smith scored 20 and Harper chipped in 19. In the final game of their three-game home-stand on Nov. 16, the Tigers lost to Gardner-Webb 97-77 despite Sellers and Jaquan Dotson scoring 19 points apiece and Z. Smith having 11.

Savannah State participated in the Commodore Classic where they lost three of the four games they played. The Tigers fell to Kent State (104-84), Liberty (82-56) and Vanderbilt (120- 85) but were able to defeat Alcorn State (80-75). Gardner-Webb beat SSU for a second time this season on December 1 by a score of 97-60. Dotson had 15 in a losing effort while Harper scored 10 and Romani Hansen grabbed 11 rebounds. The Tigers are 3-7 and travel to South Dakota State on Dec. 11.

SSU Women Crush Carver 101-49

The Savannah State women’s basketball team crushed Carver College 101-49 on November 12 in Tiger Arena. Freshman Alexus Bryant had a double-double with 15 rebounds and 10 points. Myasia Jones scored 19 points followed by Jacquece Alston (15), Jalea Gray (11) and Azhana Maxwell (11). Since then, SSU has lost four in a row. Jones had 28 points in a 82- 71 home loss to Georgia Southern on Nov. 15 and scored 26 in a 68-58 home loss to Jacksonville on Nov. 19. SSU traveled to 16th ranked DePaul on Nov. 26 and left with a 124-61 setback. Heniaya Moton scored 11 points in a losing effort. The Lady Tigers returned home on Nov. 30 to play Texas Southern but lost 65- 41 as Robbi Allen scored 12 points. Savannah State will travel to Ole Miss on December 8.

Turner Recognized by Pioneer League

Calvin Turner was among nine Jacksonville players recently honored by the Pioneer League for their play during the 2018 season. Turner made honorable mention from his quarterback spot where he rushed for 1,431 yards. The Savannah, Georgia native had big shoes to fill at quarterback this year, and a season after earning All-PFL Honorable Mention accolades as a cornerback, successfully made the transition back to offense. He was the point man for the dynamic rushing attack, finishing just 36 yards shy of the school’s all-time single-season rushing mark. Turner did set several school records, including rushing yards per game (143.1), rushing touchdowns (17) and yards per carry (6.9). He became the first Dolphin ball carrier to rush for over 200 yards in a game since 2012, doing so twice. He also finished third in the FCS in rushing yards per game, third in rushing TDs, fourth in total rushing yards, and 11th in yards per carry.

Cokley Doing Well in Europe

Savannah native Chris Cokley is doing well in his first season of playing professional basketball. Cokley is a member of Cherkaski Mavpy. In the six games he has played in, he is averaging 15.5 points and seven rebounds per game. His best game so far came against Steaua Bucuresti where he scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. In that contest he shot 75 percent from the floor (12 of 16).

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