Gillis Leads SSU Women Past Tuskegee
Le’Andrea Gillis scored 27 points and Ta’Kyla Austin added 24 to lead the Savannah State women’s basketball team to a 90- 68 win over Tuskegee in a game played at Tiger Arena on December 21.
The win snapped a two-game SSU losing skid as they improved to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the SIAC. Tuskegee jumped out to a 13-4 lead and led 23-17 at the end of the first quarter. The Golden Tigers led 30- 25 with 6:51 left in the half when SSU went on a 13-1 run to take a 38-31 advantage with 3:04 left. Savannah State outscored TU 28- 16 in the second quarter as they went into intermission with a 45-39 cushion.
Savannah State started the second half with a 13-4 spurt to go ahead by 15. TU scored the final four points of the third quarter and entered the fourth quarter trailing 63-56.
Leading by eight early in the final quarter, SSU strung together 17 unanswered points to break the game open with a 83-58 lead with 5:27 left. Tuskegee never got closer than 21 the rest of the way. Giillis added nine rebounds, three assists and three steals while making eight field goals, five 3-pointers and six free throws while Austin had eight rebounds to go with her ten field goals. Azhana Maxwell came off the bench to contribute 17 points, six assists and five rebounds while Alexus Bryant chipped in 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. The loss drops Tuskegee to 7-5 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
Savannah State will be back in action January 6 against College of Coastal Georgia.
Tuskegee Rallies Past SSU Men
Tuskegee rallied from a 11-point deficit and went on to defeat Savannah State 70-68 in a game played at Tiger Arena on December 21.
A 3-pointer by Savannah State’s Marcus Scott V with 7:29 remaining in the game gave the Tigers a 59-48 lead and it was looking like SSU would get back into the win column but Tuskegee (7-5, 4-1 SIAC) closed the contest by outscoring Savannah State 22-9 to earn the two-point victory.
SSU’s final points of the game came from a pair of free throws by Zion Williams with 3:01 left that gave the Tigers a 68-64 advantage. Before, that, Williams nailed a 3-pointer at the 4:21 mark that gave Savannah State a 66-60 lead. Down 68-66, Tuskegee’s James Eads scored three points the old fashion way with 1:09 left to give the visitors from Alabama a 69-68 lead.. Eads added another free throw with three seconds showing for the final points of the game. Savannah State had a chance to tie or win the game but instead committed a turnover which resulted in their losing streak being extended to five games.
The first half was a tight one. SSU led 31-28 with just over two minutes left but closed the period with two free throws by Williams and a 3-pointer by Rico Bonds to take a 36-28 lead into the half.
Williams came off the bench to lead five SSU players in double figures with 16 points while making four 3-pointers. Bonds scored 14 points while Scott added 12.Trey DeLoach also provided a spark off the bench with 11 points and nine rebounds while Andrew Okorodudu chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.
SSU falls to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the SIAC.
FVSU Hires New Football Coach
Fort Valley State University has hired Maurice Flowers as the new head football coach to lead the Wildcats football program, FVSU Interim Director of Athletics Anthony Holloman announced on December 23.
Flowers brings more than 20 years of coaching experience, which includes jobs at FCS and Division II programs
Flowers comes to FVSU from Fayetteville State where he serves as offensive coordinator during the 2019 season. Before that, he spent a season at Mississippi Valley State. Flowers’ first stint at Fayetteville State came during the 2017 season as the Broncos offensive coordinator.. Coach Flowers spent the 2016 season as the quarterback coach at Campbell and in 2015 was the offensive coordinator/ quarterback coach at Miles.
Flowers began his collegiate coaching career in 2010 at Johnson C. Smith as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach and in 2012 landed at job on the Shaw. football staff
The South Bend, Indiana native, is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith, where he earned a degree in communications. He and his wife Tonya are the proud parents of three daughters, Madison, Meghan, and Tomi.
Flowers will start at FVSU on Jan. 2, 2020. A press conference is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Flowers replaces Kevin Porter, who was FVSU’s head coach for four seasons.