SSU Men Continue Winning Streak
The Savannah State men’s basketball team continued their winning ways with home wins over Bethune- Cookman and North Carolina Central last week. the Tigers defeated B-CU 67-44 on February 20 and downed NCCU 60-47 on Feb. 25. In the win over Cookman, SSU was held without a field goal the final 9:10 but managed to make 15 of 17 free throws down the stretch. The Tigers went on a 7-0 run in the second half to get their largest lead of the game at 56-29 with just over eight minutes left. Cedric Smith led four SSU players in double figures with 17 points. Rashad Hassan and Arnold Louis each scored 11 points and combined for 15 rebounds. Jyles Smith added 10 points and six blocks. Louis came off the bench to score 16 points agianst North Carolina Central. SSU used a 12-2 run to secure a 36-25 halftime lead and put together a 10-2 spurt to grab a 50- 34 lead with just under ten minutes to go in the second half. the Tigers led 54-37 with 6:45 left and Central never got closer than 13 the rest of the way. neither team made a field goal the final s 5:45 of the contest. Blackmon added 12 points while Cedric Smith had eight rebounds. SSU (19-10, 12-2) has now won 11 straight games.
Lady Tigers Down NCCU
Ezinne Kalu scored 19 points to lead Savannah State to a 59-43 win over North Carolina Central in Tiger Arena on February 25 to snap a four-game losing streak. The Lady Tigers (10- 17, 3-11) scored 11 unanswered
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points in the first half and led by as many as 23 points in the second half. Zadous Pollard added 12 points and Jasmine Norman scored 10 points while Alisha Nelson had seven rebounds. On Feb. 20, SSU fell to Bethune-Cookman in Tiger Arena 47-43. SSU led 15-9 but the Wildcats battled back to take a 25-17 halftime advantage. The Lady Tigers trailed by as many as eight in the second period but went on a 11-3 run to tie the game at 30. The game was tied at 36 with just over eight minutes left but B-CU went on a 8-1 run. SSU could only get as clsoe as four points the rest of the game. Kalu had 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals while Jasmine Kirkland chipped in 11 points. Nelson grabbed nine rebounds.
SSU Spring Sports Wrap-Up
Savannah State hosted their annual Eyeopener Track Meet on February 25. The SSU men won seven events while the SSU women won six events. Darrius Baker won the men’s 100m and 200m races and was a member of the men’s 4x100m relay team that won first place. Amara Jones won first place in the women’s 100, 200, and 400m and was a member of the women’s 4x1000m relay team that won first place. The SSU baseball team (3-4) lost four of five games played last
week. The Tigers traveled to Charleston Southern on Feb. 22 and lost 9-3. SSU played a three-game home series with Delaware State on Feb. 24-26. SSU lost 4-2 on Feb. 24, split a double-header on Feb. 25 losing the opener 11- 5 but winning the nightcap 3-0 and lost the final game of the series on Feb. 26 by a 6- 2 score. The SSU softball team participated in the USC Upstate tournament the weekend of Feb. 24-25. The Lady Tigers lost a doubleheader to Liberty 8-6 and 7- 1 on Feb. 24. SSU defeated LaSalle 4-2 on Feb 25 but lost to USC Upstate5-0 later that afternoon.
Hambrick Looks To Turn Around His Life
Former Savannah State star running back Troy Hambrick is hoping to turn around his life. Hambrick was sentenced to five years in a minimum security federal prison in 2008 after pleading guilty to distributing cocaine. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped other charges for cocaine deals that had originated in Dallas, while he was playing for the Cowboys. Authorities reduced his time by 18 months because he entered a drug treatment program. He left prison in March 2011 but spent six months in a Tampa halfway house. He still must serve three more years of probation, which requires that he pass random drug tests and find gainful employment. Hambrick, now 35, started his collegiate career playing for South Carolina and finished at SSU where in 1999 he ran for 1,189 yards and 18 touchdowns. Currently he is back in Dade City, Florida working a part-time job bussing tables for minimum wage, a far cry from the big money he made playing in the NFL.