SSU Women Fall To 2-6
The Savannah State women’s basketball team dropped to 2- 6 after losing four games last week. Florida defeated SSU on November 24 in Gainesville, 75-55. Nikki Robinson scored 13 for SSU and LaShara Smith had 11 in a losing effort. The Lady Tigers traveled to Cincinnati for the Courtyard Marriott of Florence Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 28-30 and lost all three games. Milan Johnson scored eight points in a 62-40 loss to Eastern Illinois. Cincinnati beat SSU 64-34 with Smith scoring 12 points. In a 62-42 loss to Mississippi Valley State, Kym Stamps scored 12 points.
Tigers Lose To Michigan In OT
DeShawn Sims hit a basket at the buzzer to give Michigan a 66-64 overtime win over Savannah State in Ann Arbor on November 29. SSU led by 20 at the half but the Wolverines started the second period with a 15-0 run. The score was tied at 56 at the end of regulation. Raye Bailey led SSU (4-2) with 19 points followed by Anthony Jones’ 13 and Jovonni Shuler’s 11. The Tigers lost at Clemson 81-49 on Nov. 25. SSU cut a 20- point deficit to eight with 14 minutes left but Clemson answered with a 11-2 run and ended the game with a 21-4 run. Jones poured in 20 points for SSU.
Jackson Plays In All Star Game
Javorris Jackson, a senior safety at Savannah State, participated in the annual East Coast Bowl played in Petersburg, Virginia on November 29. Jackson was on the South squad which beat the North, 27-0. Jackson was second in tackles (87) and interceptions (4) for SSU this past season.
Butts, SSU Booster Laid To Rest
Dr. Calvin Butts, a local physician, Savannah State graduate and a member of the Savannah State Community Booster Club, was laid to rest on November 29. Butts passed away on Nov. 22. The Sparta, GA native practiced medicine in Savannah for 25 years. In giving remarks at the funeral service, longtime friend and booster member Horace Scandrick said that Butts was loved sports and was a good doctor. "He was extremely caring, a great listener and showed love for his patients." During the family tribute, son Calvin, Jr. said that his father taught them preparation, hard work, commitment, be knowledgeable and to take advantage of opportunities. During his eulogy, Rev. Matthew S. Brown told the family as well as the audience "don’t grieve over what you lost but thank the Lord for what you have left." Services were held at St. John Baptist Church and interment was at Hillcrest Abbey East.
Rams, Bulldogs Knocked From Playoffs
Albany State and South Carolina State were recently knocked out of the NCAA football playoffs. Albany State (7-4) fell to Tusculum 34-22 in the first round of the Division II playoffs on November 15. ASU led 22-14 after the third quarter but gave up three scoring drives in the fourth quarter. The Rams Brian Porter had an outstanding game as he rushed for 170 yards on 20 carries, including a 62-yard touchdown run. Armanti Edwards passed for a school record 433 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another to lead Appalachian State to a 37-21 victory against South Carolina State on Nov. 29 in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Malcolm Long, who threw two touchdowns to Octavius Darby, passed for 176 yards and William Ford rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs (10-3).