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Lady Tigers Halt Losing Streak

Crissa Jackson hit two free throws with three seconds left to give the Savannah State women’s basketball team a 58-57 win over Bethune-Cookman in Tiger Arena on December 30. The win halted SSU’s eight game losing streak. SSU went without a field goal for almost nine minutes but hit 11 key free throws down the stretch. Jackson led Savannah State with 20 points. Lashara Smith had 11 points and Alisha Nelson had 10 rebounds. SSU got off to a rough start in 2009 as the Lady Tigers fell at Florida A&M 72-44 on January 3. SSU trailed by four early in the second half but a 19-6 by the Rattlers ran SSU’s deficit to 17. FAMU finished the game with a 17-4 run to put SSU (3-10) away. Jackson had 12 points for SSU followed by Smith who had 10. Nelson added 11 rebounds.

SSU Men Lack Scoring

You cannot win if you don’t score. Savannah State’s men’s basketball team has been in a scoring slump the past few games and it was evident last week in losses to Bethune- Cookman (55-29) and UAB (63-37). Bethune jumped out to a 8-0 lead and never looked back while UAB jumped out to a 10-0 lead on the Tigers. In the setback to Bethune on December 30 at Tiger Arena, it was SSU’s first home lost this season. Jovonni Shuler had 12 points while Chris Linton had 10 rebounds. In the January 3 loss at Alabama- Birmingham, Shuler had 11 points. SSU is 7-7. Among those in the stands at Tiger Arena recently were longtime booster Cathy Butts, former SSU baseball player Bobby Williams of Augusta, former men’s basketball player/coach Jack Grant and former football/track standout Eric Brown. Grant and Brown are also Savannah High alumni. After playing at SSU, Brown had a short stint with the Dallas Cowboys. Flegler Playing In ABA

Former Savannah State basketball player Joseph Fleger is continuing his basketball career with the West Virginia Wild in the American Basketball Association. The Washington, D.C. native played for the Tigers for three seasons. Last year at SSU, he averaged 8.8 points and 2.3 assists a game. At 5-10, 175 he is the smallest player on the 12-man roster.

Former SSU Coach Fired By Bears

Former Savannah State football coach Steve Wilks was fired on December 30 by the Chicago Bears after a disappointing 9-7 season. Wilks joined the Bears staff just before the 2006 season as secondary coach. He spent three years at SSU, two as defensive coordinator and one as head coach. As head coach in 1999, he had a 5-6 record.

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