Former SSU Star To Undergo Surgery
Former Savannah State football standout Britt Henderson will soon undergo surgery. The Sanford, Florida native was experiencing headaches and after several visits to the doctor it was discovered that he has 45 percent blockage. Henderson is scheduled to undergo surgery on Feb 7 in Orlando where doctors will put in a stint. Henderson was an All American and All-SIAC defense back for the Tigers in 1996 and led the nation with a school record 12 interceptions.
We caught up with Henderson, 39, who is a student center coordinator at the new student union on the SSU campus, to ask a few questions about his upcoming surgery. While in Savannah, he and his family attend First Jerusalem Baptist Church.
What led you to go to the doctor in the beginning?
“I went to the doctor only to go for my on-going headaches. When playing at Savannah State I suffered a few concussions and one while playing semi- pro and arena football. Doctors told me I will always suffer headaches. Once at the doctor and they ran blood work. I had all kind of issues such as high blood pressure and right vertical in my heart had blockage. I was very close to having a stroke.
Were they any symptoms….if so what were they? “I didn’t have any symptoms that I was aware of.”
Black males do not like to go to the doctor. Any advice to black males who feel ill but refuse to seek medical help? “To all black males, we need take your health more serious than we tend to do. It’s not about being weak or being superman. We need to be around for the children and set the examples for them. We as black males are afraid to go to the doctor in fear of getting a bad report because for years I would never get my sugar levels checked because I didn’t want to be told I had diabetes or high blood pressure. The best advice I could give is take care of your body and get your regular checks up and continue or start to have a strong personal relationship with GOD!!!”
Lady Tigers Defeat FAMU
Florida A&M trimmed a 23 point deficit to eight with 5:41 remaining but could not get any closer as Savannah State defeated the Rattlers 80-68 in Tiger Arena on January 20. SSU led 43-20 with over 13 minutes left but the Rattlers chipped away and once they got within 16, they went on a 9-1 run to pull within 62-54. SSU responded with a 12-4 that put FAMU away. SSU, who shot 52.8 percent from the floor, was led by Ezinne Kalu’s 25 points and 7 assists. Tiyonda Davis added 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks while Jasmine Norman had 11 points and 7 rebounds and Jasmine Kirkland chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Savannah State (11-9, 4-2) lost their first home game of the season on Jan. 25 after a 70-46 setback from Hampton. The game was relatively close until Hampton closed the first period with a 10-0 run to take a 18 point lead into the half. A 16-6 Hampton run gave the visitors a 27 point cushion with 6:42 left in the game. SSU’s offense was cold as they shot 28 percent from the floor. Kalu was the only Lady Tiger in double figures with 15 points.
Tigers Lose First MEAC Game
The Savannah State men’s basketball team lost their first conference game of the year with a 80-71 defeat from Hampton on January 25. The crowd of over 2,000 at Tiger Arena also saw the Tigers five game winning streak come to a end. SSU led by 4 early in the second half but a 17-3 run by the Pirates put the visitors up by 10. SSU got within five with 7:28 left but could not get any closer even though Hampton went the final 2:15 without a field goal. Jeremiah Hill led four SSU (7-13, 5-1) players in double figures with 15 points. Khiry White had 11 points while Jyles Smith and Alante Fenner scored 10 apiece. Smith also had 8 rebounds. Savannah native Ke’Ron Brown had nine points for the Pirates. On Jan. 20, the Tigers beat Florida A&M 79-68 in Tiger Arena before a crowd of 3,650. SSU had a 12-0 run in the first half and a important 7-0 late in the game to preserve the win. Reserves Deven Williams, Josuha Montgomery and Terel Hall led the way as Williams scored 20 points, Montgomery added 17 points and 8 rebounds while Hall chipped in 13 points and 9 assists.
Ballou, Hall Earn Wins For SSU Track team
Kris Ballou and Cameron Hall both finished first in their events for the Savannah State indoor track team at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational on January 19 in Gainesville, GL. Ballou won the 800m while Hall won the 55m hurdles. Earning second place finishes were Kenshard Hamilton (200m), Jaymi White (pentathlon), men’s 4x400m relay and the women’s 4x400m relay teams.
Indiah Bell was 4th in the triple jump while Hamilton (55m) and the 4x400m “B” men’s relay was 6th. Finishing 7th were DeAndre Pearsons (400m), Lemaar Shakir (55m hurdles), Kortney Grey (long jump) and Jazy Seay-Blane (200m). Alysia Potts was 9th in the pole vault.