SSU Competes In Gamecock Indoor Open
The Savannah State track team participated in the Gamecock Indoor open hosted by South Carolina on January 22 in Columbia, SC. Winning first place for SSU was Tim Jackson (pole vault), Shakira Bartley (55m hurdles) and the men’s 4x400m relay team. Cameron Hall (55m hurdles) and Asia Stinson (55m) were second in their events while Antwuan Poole (55m) and Derrick Atkins (weight throw) placed third in their events. Jaymi White (55m hurdles) was 5th, Kenshard Hamilton (55m) was 6th while Alysia Potts (pole vault) and Kortney Grey (55m) were 7th in their events. Aluntra Davis finished 8th in the 55m race.
Lady Tigers Rout Norfolk State
Ezinne Kalu scored 24 points while Jasmine Norman grabbed 11 rebounds as Savannah State routed Norfolk State 79-47 in Tiger Arena on January 27. In the first period SSU had runs of 9-2, 14-4 and 10-3 as they jumped out to a 39-19 halftime edge. The Lady Tigers defense crippled NSU’s offense in the second half. With 10 minutes remaining, SSU led by 32 points. The Spartans did not make a field goal in the second half until the 9:20 mark. NSU trailed by 24 with five minutes left but SSU finished the game with a 10-2 run. Kenyetta Hendricks had 11 points while Bria Dorsey added 10 points and 5 assists. SSU improved to 6-2 in the MEAC with a 71-64 road win over Bethune-Cookman on February 1. Kalu scored 30 points for the Lady Tigers (13-9) while Jasmine Kirkland added 13 points and Norman chipped in 10. B-CU led 11-7 but a 13-3 run by SSU gave the Lady Tigers a 20-14 lead and they would never trail again. SSU led by as many as 16 in the second half.
Tigers Down Bethune-Cookman
Savannah State stopped a two-game slide with a 50-40 road victory over Bethune-Cookmna on February 1. Freshman Alante Fenner came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points for SSU while senior swingman Joshua Montgomery added 10 points and 5 rebounds. The game was tied at 35 with 11:24 remaining but a 15-2 run by SSU provided the knockout punch they needed to improve to 8-14 overall and 6-2 in the MEAC. The Tigers lost to Norfolk State 56-49 in Tiger Arena on January 27. The game, which was shown live on ESPNU, saw the Spartans overcome a eight point deficit as they rallied to down SSU with a late 17-2 run. Montgomery came off the bench to score 13 points while Keierre Richards added 11 points. The much taller Spartans out-rebounded Savannah State 40 to 29.
SSU, Wilson Ready For National Signing Day
With national signing day happening on February 5, Savannah State football coach Earnest Wilson III is optimistic that he will land a bumper crop of new Tigers. The SSU coaching staff have played host to at least 48 prospective athletes, hosting one recruiting weekend in December and two in January. During the weekend of Jan. 25, SSU brought in 18 recruits and at least eight made verbal commitments to join the Tiger family. As soon as signing day is over, Wilson will concentrate on replacing two staff members who took over jobs during the Christmas holidays as well as get ready for spring drills. Current team members are involved in the off-season weight program and Wilson reports that they have 98 percent participation, lifting four days a week. There will be a signing day press conference on Feb. 5 at 4pm in the multipurpose room in Tiger Arena.
Riase Joins Staff At Wofford
Former Savannah State football assistant Jerome Riase has joined the coaching staff at Wofford. Riase spent the past two years as defensive line coach at Butler. Riase served as offensive coordinator at SSU in 2006-07 under Theo Lemon. He has also coached at Central State and Ashland.