SSU Players Work Out For Pro Day
Several Savannah State football players showed their best skills last week while working out for professional scouts at Pro Day.
Linebacker / defensive end Stefan Banks and defensive back Isaiah Banks participated in the Kennesaw State Pro Day on March 12 while tight ends Paris Baker, Tyler Hagen and linebacker Mulik Simmons had workouts at the Georgia Southern Pro Day on March 13.
In front of various NFL and Canadian scouts, players ran the 40-yard dash, did the bench press, 3 cone drill, shuttle run and did the vertical and broad jumps as well as have breakout sessions in position groups.
Jones, Joseph Earn MEAC Honors
Myasia Jones and Collins Joseph were recently honored for their play on the basketball court during the 2018-19 season.
Jones was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year while Joseph was named to the All-Rookie Team.
A 5-foot-10 guard
from Lavonia, Georgia, Jones finished the regular season averaging 14.7 points, 4.7 rebounds. 2.3 steals and 2.2 assist per game for the Lady Tigers. She had a career-high of 28 points in games against Wesleyan and Georgia Southern.
Joseph capped his freshman year averaging 8.1 points, 2.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game. He also had 23 steals while averaging 20.6 minutes played per game. The 6-foot St. Thomas, USVI native scored a career high 21 points against Vanderbilt.
SSU Volleyball Coach Leaves
Savannah State head volleyball coach Edric Poitier has left the program and on March 13 was hired as the new head volleyball coach at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Poitier, 56, spent three years at SSU where he had a 9-70 overall record and a 6-24 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Prior to coaching at Savannah State, Poitier held head coaching jobs at Bluefield State, Winston-Salem State and St. Augustine’s.
Tigers Knocked Out of MEAC Tournament
Savannah State’s basketball run in the MEAC and Division I has come to a end as the men’s and women’s teams were knocked out of the conference tournament in the early round games.
The SSU men (11- 20) were upset by Delaware State 71-67 on March 11 while the Lady Tigers lost to South Carolina State 62-53 on March 12.
In the men’s game, SSU was the sixth seed while the Hornets were the 11th seed. Tyrell Harper had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Zaquavian Smith scored 15 points, Jaquan Dotson had 14 points and Romani Hansen added 11 rebounds.
Myasia Jones scored 15 points for the Savannah State women (7-19), Robbi Allen added 13 and Heniaya Moton chipped in 11 in the loss. SSU was the 10th seed while the Bulldogs were seeded seventh. Savannah State finished their regular season with a road sweep over South Carolina State on March 7. The Tigers won 90-87 with Dotson scoring a career-high 25 points with Hansen adding 17 and Harper chipping in 11 rebounds. The Savannah State women posted a 65-64 win as Ta’Quasia Lampin hit the game-winning free throw with one second left to give SSU the win. Jones had 20 points and Moton followed with 16.
Benlevi Receives Sun Belt Tournament Award
For his play in the 2019 Sun Belt Tournament, Savannah native Malik Benlevi was named the Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player Award.
Benlevi and his Georgia State teammates won the Sun Belt Tournament with a 73-64 win over Texas Arlington on March 17. In the game, the 6-foot-6 senior tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds. In a 59-46 victory over Texas State on March 16, Benlevi had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Georgia State is headed to Tulsa, Okla. as a No. 14 seed facing No. 3 seed Houston in a Midwest Region first-round match-up in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The Panthers and the Cougars will meet for the first time ever on March 22 at BOK Center. Tipoff is set for 6:20 p.m. CT on TBS and March Madness Live. GSU is making its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance overall and third in five seasons.