Tigers Rally Past Talladega
Savannah State out-scored Talledaga 11-3 in overtime as the Tigers won 78-70 on January 12 in Tiger Arena. Talladega led 67-59 lead with 1:06 remaining in the game before SSU scored the final eight points to force overtime. Jovonni Shuler and Tracy Rankins had 13 each for the Tigers while Rashad Hassan added 12 and Pat Hardy chipped in 10. Talladega’s 7-1 center Jerel Davis had 19 points and 10 blocks. SSU fell to 9-9 on the season with a 86- 76 loss at Longwood on Jan. 17. SSU trailed by four with less than two minutes left but the Lancers finished the game with a 9-3 run. Anthony Jones tied his career-high with 21 points for SSU. Rankins scored 12 and Shuler had 11 points.
SSU Women Lose
The Savannah State women’s basketball team traveled to Athens on January 15 and came back with a 74-28 loss from the Bulldogs. UGA jumped out to a 27-8 lead and led 43-12 at the half. The Bulldogs had a 11-1 run late in the game and held SSU without a field goal the final 3:30. Crissa Jackson had eight points for the Lady Tigers (3- 14). Charleston Southern defeated SSU on Jan. 13 on Charleston, 74-43. CSU led 19-4 in the early going and 41-21 at the half. The Bucs stretched their lead to 40 with just under six minutes left. Raven Fields led SSU with 12 points, five blocks and four rebounds.
NC A&T Hires Football Coach
North Carolina A&T State University has hired Alonzo Lee Sr. as their new head football coach. Lee comes to A&T after spending three seasons as Morgan State’s defensive coordinator. Lee is no stranger to Aggie football where he once served as the assistant head coach. He served as A&T’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach during the 2003-05 seasons. Prior to coaching at A&T, Lee also served as an assistant at Howard, Florida A&M and Hampton. He won his first MEAC championship as an assistant head coach at Howard in 1987. Florida A&M won three MEAC titles during Lee’s tenure (1990, 1995, 1996), and Hampton won two (1997, 1998) under the defensive leadership of Lee.
Former Tuskegee Coach Dies
James (Jim) Martin, Sr. passed away January 14 in Huntsville, AL. Martin, who graduated from Alabama A&M in 1966 and played running back for legendary coach Louis Crews, served as the A&M athletics director from 1997 to 2005 and helped usher the Bulldogs through the transition from NCAA Divsion II to Division I and entry into the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Beginning in 1970, Martin coached football and baseball at Tuskegee. As head baseball coach, Martin guided the Golden Tigers to 10 SIAC championships in 18 years, placing three pitchers in the major leagues. After 13 years as an assistant football coach at Tuskegee, Martin was given the head job in 1983. He compiled a 44-42-2 record over nine years, winning two SIAC championships. In 1988, Martin made his entry into athletic administration as the Director of Athletics at Tuskegee. He also served as the athletics director at South Carolina State (1993-95) and Long Island (1995-97) before returning to his alma mater. Martin is survived by his wife Joyce, and three adult children, Jay (James, Jr.), Jennifer, and Joy. Jay currently serves as the head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Alabama A&M.