Tigers Earn All- MEAC Football Team
Savannah State football players Justin Babb and Leroy Cummings were named to the 2011 MEAC All-Conference Team. Babb was named as a kick returner while Cummings made the team as a defensive lineman. Babb, a senior from Atlanta, returned 31 kicks for 655 yards and averaged 21.1 yards a return. He also had 1,303 all-purpose yards. Cummings, a freshman from Thomson, Georgia, had 28 tackles and led SSU in tackles for losses (9.5) and sacks (6).
SSU Quarterback Coach Leaves
Tony Haynes has left his position as quarterback coach at Savannah State and has taken a job at Butler Community College as offensive coordinator. Haynes spent one season at SSU and before that worked three years at Alabama- Birmingham. He has also worked at Webber International, Valdosta State and Blinn Junior College.
During the 2011 season, SSU passed for 1,648 yards, 8 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The year before Haynes arrived, the Tigers passed for 1,236 yards, 6 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Lady Tigers Hold Off Talladega
Leading by five points with 10 minutes left, Savannah State went on a 17-4 run and went on to defeat Talladega 74-58 in Tiger Arena on January 21 in Tiger Arena. SSU led by as many as 11 in the first half but the Tornados sliced SSU’s lead to 37-35 early in the second half. That led to a 12-2 run by the Lady Tigers with just over 14 minutes left. Ezinne Kalu had 19 points for SSU while Zadous Pollard scored
13. Howard defeated SSU 64-51 at Tiger Arena on Jan. 28. SSU trailed by as many as 14 in the first half and by 13 early in the second period before cutting their deficit to 50-44 with 9:01 left. But the Bison answered with a 10-3 run with 3:27 on the clock. Jasmine Kirkland had 15 points for SSU (8-12) and Kalu added 11.
SSU Men Down Howard
Rashad Hassan scored 22 points and Arnold Louis came off the bench to add 20 points and 14 rebounds as Savannah State defeated Howard 71-50 at Tiger Arena on January 28 before a crowd of 2,110. But it was defense that led to the SSU victory as the Tigers held Howard to one field goal the final 6:35 of the contest. SSU led by eight with 12:42 left but scored 12 straight points during a 23-8 run that sent the Bison to their 8th straight loss. Deric Rudolph added 12 points for the Tigers. The win gives SSU a 11-10 overall record and 6-2 in the MEAC. Savannah State beat Howard on the boards 37-27 while shooting 49 percent from the floor.