Lady Tigers Defeat UTSA

Jasmine Norman hit the game-winning free throw with 15 seconds left to give Savannah State a 51-50 win over Texas-San Antonio on November 22 as part of the Athletes In Action Classic played on the Baylor campus in Waco, Texas. SSU led by as many as 11 points in the second half but held off a rally by the Roadrunnners. Norman led SSU with 15 points while Ezinne Kalu added 11. On Nov. 21, the Lady Tigers lost to 9th ranked Baylor, 99- 31 before a crowd of 7,072.

The Bears shot 67.6 percent from the field and out-rebounded SSU 63-40. Bria Dorsey led SSU with 7 points and 8 rebounds. Northwestern State defeated SSU (3-2) on Nov. 23 by a score of 77-56. The score was tied at 30 at the half but NSU broke open a close game with a 24-6 run midway in the second half to pull away. Jasmine Kirkland had 15 points for SSU while Kalu scored 14 and Norman added 11. SSU will play in the Seton Hall Tournament this weekend.

SSU On Losing Streak

The Savannah State men’s basketball team is currently on a four game losing streak, after losing four games last week. North Florida defeated SSU 66-63 on November 18. The Tigers participated in the Global Sports Hoops Showcase in Salt Lake City, Utah over the weekend and lost all three games, falling to Lamar (75- 66), Grand Canyon (72-71) and Utah (71-57). UNF made 11 of 12 free throws down the stretch to beat SSU in Jacksonville, Florida. Deven Williams led SSU with 16 points, Jyles Smith added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and Saadiq Muhammad had 10 points. Lamar broke open a close game with a 12-5 run to top the Tigers on Nov. 21. Williams had 14 points while Joshua Montgomery had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers. Jeremiah Hill added 11 points while Muhammad had 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. On Nov. 22, in a loss to Grand Canyon, the Tigers fought back from a 14 point deficit and led 71-70 with 17 seconds left but the Antelopes made two free throws with two seconds left to earn the win. Williams had 19 points, Keierre Richards had 15, Montgomery had 11 and Hill scored 10. Smith added 9 rebounds and 9 blocks. In the Nov. 23 loss to Utah before a crowd of 7,568, the Utes pulled away late with good free throw shooting. Williams had 16 while Hikeem Champaigne added 10 and 9 rebounds.

HBCU Teams Make Playoffs

A trio of historically black colleges were invited to participate in the 2013 FCS playoffs. MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman (10-2) received a bid, as did runner up South Carolina State (9-3). Tennessee State (9-3) received an at-large bid out of Ohio Valley Conference. Bethune will travel to Coastal Carolina this weekend while SC State will host Furman and TSU will travel to Butler. The Division II playoffs started on November 22.

Tuskegee (8-3) lost to North Alabama 30-27 while Winston-Salem State (10-1) advanced to the second round by defeating Slippery Rock 27-20. WSSU will travel to Shepherd (W.VA) this weekend.

NFL Suspends Ellison

The NFL suspended official Roy Ellison for one game without pay for what NFL officials say using profane and derogatory comments to a Washington Redskins player (Trent Williams) in a game played Nov. 17. Ellison, who is in his 11th year as a NFL official, will be eligible to return to action in week 13. Sources say that Ellison cussed at the player but other sources say that the player, who is also African American, called Ellison the “N-word”.

The National Football League Referees Association plans to fight the decision. Ellison is a former Savannah State football player and a 1987 alumnus of the institution. He also was a part of the officiating crew of Super Bowl XLIII.

Barnwell Makes All-MIAA Team

Missouri Southern junior running back Chris Barnwell was one of 9 Lions named the the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) team. The former Savannah Christian standout led Missouri Southern in rushing with 878 yards and was second on the team with seven rushing touchdowns. Barnwell was sixth in the MIAA in rushing and was named to the third team. MSU finished the team with a 8-3 record. He is the son of Joseph and Demetria Barnwell.

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