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Tigers Unbeaten

At Home Savannah State’s men’s basketball team raised their home record to 7-0 with a pair of wins last week. The Tigers defeated Kennesaw State 53-49 on December 16 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 47-42 on Dec. 18. In the win over Kennesaw State, Chris Linton scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. SSU trailed by six with less than nine minutes left but put together a 11-2 run to go ahead 47-44 with 2:29 remaining. Patrick Hardy had 11 points and Anthony Jones scored 10. In the win over the Islanders, SSU responded from a eight point deficit with 6:26 left and finished the game with a 15-2 run to improve to 7-4 overall. Raye Bailey led the way with 10 points.

SSU Women

Struggling The Savannah State women’s basketball team lost their seventh straight game with a 73-60 setback at Southeastern Louisiana on December 21. SSU trailed by nine but the Lions used a 13-4 spurt to go up by 18 with 5:30 remaining and cruised to the win. LaShara Smith had 14 points for SSU while freshmen Raven Fields and Crissa Jackson scored 10 each. On Dec. 18, the Lady Tigers lost at Charleston Southern 79-57. The Buccaneers broke open a close game with a 14-7 run to grab a 20 point lead in the second half. SSU (2-8) could get no closer than 17 the rest of the way. Smith led all scorers with 23 points while Ashlee Barley chipped in 10.

FVSU Names New

Football Coach Fort Valley State has announced the selection of Donald Pittman as its new head football coach. Pittman comes to FVSU from Albany State University where he served as offensive coordinator. Pittman, a native of Las Vegas, has 30 years of experience in coaching college football. He served as the offensive coordinator at Texas A&MKingsville and was a running back coach for 15 years before landing the offensive coordinator position at Albany State. Pittman replaces Deondri Clark who resigned at the end of the 2008. Pittman, 57, will begin his head coaching career in a new home. A 10,000 seat stadium is under construction and is scheduled for completion by the time the 2009 football season begins.

Locals Red-Shirting

at Kennesaw State Savannah natives Markeith Cummings and LaDaris Green are attending Kennesaw State on basketball scholarships but the Beach High grads are red shirting this season. According to Owls coach Tony Ingle, “Markeith has a heart problem and LaDaris is getting his grades up”. He said both will play next season. “We’re looking forward to them joining the team next year and both will have an opportunity to start,” he added. Markeith made the trip to Savannah when KSU played Savannah State on Dec. 16. Among those to greet the 6-7 star was his father and former SSU standout basketball player Terrell Cummings, grandmother Faye Bridgeforth, aunt Rossie Caldwell, cousin Larry Johnson, family friend Roberta Moore, as well as former coaches and classmates from Beach High.

O’Neal Returns To

Bethune-Cookman Robert “Tony” O’Neal has returned in to Bethune- Cookman as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance. His focus for Wildcat Athletics is the internal operations of the program with oversight responsibilities in maintaining compliance with NCAA regulations. He comes back to B-CU following three years (2004-2007) as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Savannah State. The Detroit native previously was on staff at Bethune-Cookman , serving four years (2000-2004) as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance.

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