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Walter Moore
Walter Moore

Delaware State 35 SSU 10

Delaware State jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back as they defeated Savannah State in Alumni Stadium. SSU fell to 0-4 on the season as they lost their 13th straight game, dating back to last season. The Tigers fumbled four times in the first quarter and DSU converted three of those into touchdowns. SSU scored their lone touchdown midway in the second quarter when Nicholas Bentley scored on a one yard run. Early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers cut their deficit to 28-10 when John Barron kicked a 31-yard field goal. DSU (1-4) scored a touchdown with one minute left in the game to take the 25-point victory. The SSU defense had four interceptions but could only manage three points for their efforts. Redshirt sophomore Leon Prunty came off the bench and led the Tigers with 116 yards passing and 28 yards rushing while Cantrell Frazier caught six passes for 40 yards. Trevion Ashford and Justin Dixon each had nine tackles for SSU. Dixon along with Alfred Ansley, Jalen Bush and Stephen Reynolds each had a interception.

SSU Boosters To Sponsor Bus Trip

The Savannah State Community Booster Club will sponsor a bus to the SSU and Florida A&M football game on October 11. The cost of the trip is $65 per person (game ticket included). The bus will leave from the new student center parking lot on the SSU campus at 9 a.m. and will make one stop for lunch before the game. Payment can be made on or before Oct. 8 at the multipurpose room in Tiger Arena from 7-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Vivian Brannen (912-604- 6830) or Jaleesa Morris (912-271-0077).

Caldwell Jones Dies At 64

Former Albany State and NBA star Caldwell Jones died on September 21.According to reports, his wife, Vanessa said he was at a driving range near their Stockbridge, Georgia home when he had a heart attack.

Caldwell Jones Jr. was born on Aug. 4, 1950, in McGehee, Ark., where his parents, Caldwell Sr. and Cecelia Jones, were cotton farmers. They had a girl and seven boys, four of whom — Charles, Wilbert and Major, in addition to Caldwell — played in the NBA

From 1969 to 1973, Jones attended Albany State College where he and his brothers commandeered a whole chapter of school basketball history. Six of the Jones brothers played center for Albany State — from 1961 to 1979.

With Caldwell in the middle, the Golden Rams garnered a four-year record of 80-31 and won the 1973 SIAC Men’s Basketball Championship with the 7’2 Jones playing center. During his senior season, Jones played for his brother Oliver, who had taken over as head coach. The team finished with a 23-6 record.

As a result of his stellar play at ASU, Jones was selected 32nd overall in the second round of the 1973 NBA draft. For the first three years of his professional career, he played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the San Diego Conquistadors (1973-1975), San Diego Sails (ABA), Kentucky Colonels (1975) and Spirits of St. Louis (1975-1976). During the 1973-74 season, he led the ABA in blocked shots. He also played in the 1975 ABA All-Star Game.

Jones then made his move to the NBA and became a member of the high-powered Philadelphia 76ers teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Playing alongside Julius Erving and a host of other stars, Jones was known as a defensive specialist because of his rebounding, shot blocking and pesky position defense. He was a two-time selection to the NBA’s All-Defensive Team. Jones’ hustle, rebounding, and defense helped him produce a 17- year professional basketball career.

In 1999, Jones along with five others, wasinducted into the first class of the Albany State University Sports Hall of Fame.


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