Tigers Break Losing Streak
The Savannah State men’s basketball team snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 66-42 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on January 6 in Tiger Arena. SSU led by eight at the half but increased their lead to 13 early in the second half. UMES cut their deficit to seven with just over 13 minutes left.
The Tigers put UMES away with a 25-4 run to end the game. Jeremiah Hill paced SSU with 17 points while Josh Montgomery added 11 points and Jyles Smith grabbed 13 rebounds and had six blocks. On Jan. 11, the Tigers improved to 2-0 in the MEAC with a 75-53 road win over Coppin State. SSU led by 14 at the half but the Eagles trimmed their deficit to seven with a little over 16 minutes left in the game. SSU (4-12) answered with a 13-2 run and Coppin never got as close as 13 the rest of the way. Hill led the way with 16 points while Alante Fenner chipped in 14. Smith had a career-high 20 rebounds to go along with his 14 points and three blocks.
SSU Women Scores 106 points
Savannah State placed four players in double figures in a 106-33 rout of Trinity Baptist in Tiger Arena on January 6. It was the first time SSU scored at least 100 points since the 1992-93 season when they scored 121 points in a game. Ezinne Kalu scored 21 points, Kenyetta Hendrix added 14 while Jasmine Norman and Jasmine Kirkland had 10 points apiece. Bria Dorsey had a career-high 12 assists. As a team, SSU out-rebounded Trinity 54 to 30 and shot 74.2 percent from the field in the first half. On Jan. 11 Coppin State defeated SSU 68- 53 in Baltimore, MD. SSU (8-8) trailed by 15 early in the second half but got within six with about 10 minutes left. With just under seven minutes left, Coppin started a 10-1 run that put SSU away. Kirkland had 23 points and 7 rebounds for the Lady Tigers while Kalu added 11 points.
SSU Loses Two Coaches
Savannah State football coach Earnest Wilson III is searching for two new assistants after the recent departures of wide receiver coach Chris Buckner and linebacker coach/recruiting coordinator David Roberson. Buckner took a job at North Carolina Central as wide receiver coach and recruiting coordinator while Roberson will be joining the staff at Arkansas State. Over the weekend on January 11, Wilson journeyed to Atlanta to speak with members of the SSU Downtown Atlanta Alumni Chapter. Wilson has spoken to alumni groups in Athens and Macon in the past and has plans to speak with the Augusta alumni soon.
Smith Among FCS’s Best
The NCAA recently released their final 2013 football statistics and Savannah State’s Marquis Smith is rated among the best when it comes to making tackles. Smith finished the year ranked 9th in solo tackles and 11th in total tackles. Fellow linebacker Justin Dixon ended the year ranked 17th in total tackles. Smith, who led SSU with 124 tackles had 72 solo tackles and was selected to the All-MEAC second team. Dixon had 122 tackles on the year.