Tigers Snap Losing Streak
The Savannah State men’s basketball team snapped a six game losing skid with a 84-40 win over Allen at Tiger Arena on January 8. Preston Blackman led the way with 20 points. Rashad Hassan scored 19 points, Robert Burger added 11 and Cedric Smith had seven rebounds.
The Tigers scored the final five points of the first half and started the second period with a 14-0 run. SSU led by as many as 44 in the lopsided contest. SSU (7-9, 1- 1) picked up their first MEAC win of the year with a 56-48 win at Coppin State on Jan. 12. Arnold Louis fueled the victory with a 16 point and 19 rebound effort while Blackman and Hassan chipped in 10 points apiece.
The Tigers were down by seven at the break but opened the second half with a 17-2 spurt.
SSU Women Crush Trinity Baptist
Nicole Collins had a game-high 32 points but it would not be enough as her Trinity Baptist team fell to Savannah State 66-41 at Tiger Arena on January 7. SSU led by four with 8:24 left in the first half but broke the game open by ending the period with a 13-4 run to take a 27-14 lead into the half. Trinity got as close as seven in the second half but another SSU run kept the visitors at bay.
Erin Hogue had 12 points and 12 rebounds for SSU. Coppin State defeated the Lady Tigers 57-53 on Jan. 12 in Baltimore. SSU (6-10, 1-2) rallied from a 17 point deficit to pull within 56-53 but ran out of time. Andrietta Thomas scored 19 points while Hogue added 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Tigers In FCS Football Rankings
The NCAA released the final statistics for the 2012 football season and Savannah State was ranked 4th in punt returns.
The Tigers averaged 18.2 yards per return. SSU finished 21st in pass defense, giving up 179.5 yards per game. Individually, John Wilson was tied for 24th in interceptions with .36 per game.
FAMU Hires New Football Coach
Earl Holmes has been selected as the new head football coach. Holmes, a FAMU graduate and All- American in his playing days with the Rattlers, has served as defensive coordinator the last two years and acting head coach for the final two games of the 2012 season, guiding the program’s dayto day operations thereafter. Holmes’ proposed multi-year contract, which offers him an annual salary of $200,000 over the next four years, must be approved by the FAMU Board of Trustees.
Following his collegiate career, Holmes was drafted in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played 10 seasons in the NFL as linebacker, six with Pittsburgh (1996- 2001), one season with the Cleveland Browns (2002) and three with the Detroit Lions (2003-2005) before retiring.