Lady Tigers Finish 15-11
The Savannah State women’s basketball team ended their season with a 86-32 win over Allen in Tiger Arena on March 2. The victory gave the Lady Tigers a winning record, the program’s first since 1998-99. Against Allen, SSU broke open a close game with a 11-0 run midway in the first period. The Yellow Jackets trailed 37-16 at the break and SSU started the second half with a 14-2 run to go ahead 51-18. SSU added a 15-0 run later in the second half and won by 54 points. The Lady Tigers shot 58.2 percent from the field. Ezinne Kalu had 22 points for SSU while fellow freshman Jasmine Kirkland tallied 18 points.
SSU Defeats Western Illinois
Jovonni Shuler scored 21 points to lead Savannah State to a 51-47 road win over Western Illinois on March 1. WIU led 26-21 at the half but the Tigers started the second half with a 17-5 surge to take a 38-31 lead. The Leathernecks cut SSU’s lead to 46-45 with just under two minutes left but Western could only score two points the rest of the way. Joshua Montgomery added 13 points for SSU (11-18) and Jyles Smith had 12 rebounds. The victory was the Tigers fourth in a row and ninth in their last 10 games.
SSU Football Coach Hires Five Assistants
Savannah State head football coach has started filling his staff with the hiring of five assistants. Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis will be the offensive coordinator/inside receivers coach and former Bethune-Cookman assistant C. Angelo Wyatt will coach the linebackers. Three former Georgia Tech players who will join the staff are Thomas Balkcom (defensive backs), William Bell (running backs) and Greg Lester (assistant head coach/outside receivers coach). Balkcom and Lester come to SSU from the high school ranks while Bell was an assistant at Edward Waters last season.
SSU Track Team Runs At Va Tech
The Savannah State indoor track team ran in the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier on March 5. Although no Tigers won any events, SSU was able to finish in the top ten in several races. For the SSU women, Amara Jones was 3rd in the 400m and 4th in the 200m races. In the triple jump, Sharonda Redfield placed 4th while Amber Hughes was 8th. Tyrone McCoy was 4th in the 800m and Eric Plump was 10th in the 200m race on the men’s side.