Tigers Upset NCCU
Devan Williams came off the bench to score 12 points while Rashad Hassan grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Savannah State to a 44-36 win over North Carolina Central in Tiger Arena on February 16. The crowd of 2,444 saw the Tigers (15-10, 9-2) blow a 15 point lead but at the same time hold NCCU without a field goal the final 4:12 of play. SSU traveled to Florida A&M on Feb. 14 and beat the Rattlers 67-65.
Savannah State led by as many as 22 in the first half and had to hold on for dear life in the second period to get the win. Preston Blackman scored 20 points for the Tigers while Hassan contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds.
SSU Women Lose To NC Central
Chasidy Williams scored 14 points, Aja Hoyle added 13 while Tisha Dixon had 12 rebounds as North Carolina Central won their first game of the season with a 43-38 win over Savannah State on February 16 at Tiger Arena. NCCU entered the game with a 0-23 record and had lost their last 29 games, dating back to last season. SSU (7-16, 2-8) led 21-20 at the half and by as many as five in the second period.
That is when the Eagles answered with a 10-0 run to take a 33-28 lead with just under seven minutes to play. SSU got as close as 35-34 but six unanswered points by NCCU sealed another setback for the Lady Tigers. Andrietta Thomas led SSU with 11 points and Erin Hogue added 12 rebounds.
Balkcom Attends NFL-NCAA Academy
Savannah State assistant football coach Thomas Balkcom was one of 60 people selected to attend the 3rd annual NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy. The event was held February 14-17 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The event helps coaches or aspiring coaches get jobs as well as network in the coaching industry. Fortyfive of the 60 participants are African Americans. More than 400 people applied for the 60 spots this year. Balkcom is entering his third year on the SSU staff and is the special teams coordinator and safeties coach.
SSU Football Signs 13
Rafeeq Badee, offensive lineman, 6-4, 275, Salem HS, Conyers, GA John Barron, kicker, Wheeler HS, Marietta, GA Jerry Clark, linebacker, 6-3, 235, Brunswick HS, Brunswick, GA De’Quan Daniels, running back, 5-10, 185, Statesboro HS, Statesboro, GA Damion Gordon, athlete 6-1, 180 Salem HS, Conyers, GA Kevin Holmes, linebacker, 6- 2, 230, Salem HS, Conyers, GA Zach Hutcheson, quarterback, 6-4, 210, Yuba CC, Newnan, GA Matthew Kimbrough, offensive lineman, 6-1, 285, El Camino, Culver City, CA Christian Martinez, defensive lineman, 6-1, 295, Lackawanna College, Scranton, PA. Sebastian Pittman, defensive lineman, 6-4, 160, College of Dupage, Chicago, IL Miles Wallace, wide receiver, 5-8, 160, Sprayberry HS, Marietta, GA Stephen Washington, offensive lineman, 6-3, 300, Campbell HS, Smyrna, GA Troy Wyche, linebacker, 6-1, 215, Riverdale HS, Riverdale, GA