Tigers On Six-Game Slide
The Savannah State men’s basketball team ran their losing streak to six games after recent road losses to Western Illinois and St. Louis.
The Tigers went the final 10:23 without a field goal in a 39-35 setback to Western Illinois on January 2. A 3-pointer by Preston Blackman gave SSU a 33-28 lead midway in the second half but the Leathernecks ended the contest with a 11-4 run to get the win. Khiry White had 10 points for SSU while Arnold Louis had eight rebounds.
On Jan. 4, SSU lost to St. Louis 67-59. The Tigers battled back from a 12 point deficit but used a 17-4 run to take a 51-50 lead with six minutes remaining.
The Billikens held SSU without a field goal the rest of the way as they closed the contest with a 17-8 spurt. Blackman led SSU (5-9) with 13 points while Cedric Smith added 11 and Jyles Smith had nine rebounds
Lady Tigers Lose To San Diego State
The Savannah State women’s basketball team got the new year off to a rough start in a 72-51 road loss to San Diego State. Blessing Uba scored a game-high 15 points but it would not be enough for the Lady Tigers.
San Diego State broke open a close game with a 27-1 run in the first period and never looked back. SSU (5-9) out-scored the Aztecs 40-37 in the second half but the damage was already done in the first half. With six minutes left in regulation, SSU whittled their deficit to 14 but could get no closer. Andrietta Thomas added 11 points for SSU while Charmaine Greene and Jasmine Norman scored 10 points apiece. Thomas had eight rebounds while Norman grabbed six.
Former SSU Coach Battling Cancer
According to reports, former Savannah State football assistant Alan Hall has a form of lymphoma.
Hall has already begun treatments. Hall is expected to remain in charge of the football program and assistant coaches will help handle day-to-day operations during his treatments. Hall
Alabama State Fires AD
After four months of being on paid leave, Stacy Danley has been fired as athletic director at Alabama State.
Danley’s termination was effective December 31. A former all-SEC running back at Auburn, Danley started working at Alabama State in 2010 and oversaw programs that won five SWAC titles in his first year.
Danley also led fundraising efforts and helped manage the building of ASU’s new $62 million on-campus football stadium that opened in November 2011.