Louisville Destroys SSU 87-26
The 6th ranked Louisville Cardinals had little trouble with Savannah State in their December 24 matchup, coming away with a 61-point victory in the KFC Yum! Center. The crowd of 19,514 saw the Tigers struggle early on as UL bolted out to a 29-0 lead. SSU, who missed their first 23 shots from the field, scored their first points on a Saadiq Muhammad free throw with 4:02 left in the first half. Freshman guard Khalen Pinkett scored the Tigers first field goal of the contest with a layup at the 1:23 mark. Louisville led 41-7 at the half. UL opened the second half with a 10-0 run. Alante Feener led SSU (2-3) with 8 points and 6 rebounds.
There were two interesting quotes after the game from both coaches. Louisville coach Rick Pitino said that he tried not to run up the score. “We played four white guys and an Egyptian.” SSU head coach Horace Broadnax was quoted as saying “I’ve got a beautiful wife with two kids that I can’t wait to get back to,” he said. He went on to add, “I’m gonna take a nice shower, drink me a cold beer, and move on,” when asked about the contest.
SSU Players Receive Academic Honors
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference recently the 2014 MEAC Volleyball All-Academic team. Among the 79 student-athletes who achieved academic success during the 2013- 14 school year, five came from Savannah State. Those volleyball players from SSU were Zakiya Barnes, Justice Dilworth, Christian Lyle, Gabrielle Nathaniel and Chantia Taylor. The MEAC recognizes student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, including sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as transfer student-athletes, who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year.
Players Suspended After Fight
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced that twenty-one (21) student-athletes will be suspended from their season opening football game for the 2015 season resulting from an altercation during the Norfolk State at South Carolina State game on Saturday, November 22, in Orangeburg, S.C. The altercation, which was investigated by the conference office, concluded that eleven (11) student-athletes from Norfolk State and ten (10) from South Carolina State violated the NCAA’s Football Rule 2, Section 32 as well as the MEAC’s Constitution and Bylaws in regards to fighting. Because the penalty for the violation for the MEAC supersedes that of the NCAA, in this instance, each student-athlete involved in the altercation will sit out the next game. As the altercation happened during the final game of the season, the penalty will be enforced for the first game of the 2015 football season. Senior student-athletes, that have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, will not be penalized based on the ruling.
SSU Adds To Academic Support Staff
Savannah State athletics has recently added some new faces to their academic support staff. To help their focus to provide a comprehensive support program integrated with the total university that will assist all student-athletes with the transition into college and provide continued support in all phases of academic and professional development culminating with graduation, job placement, or graduate school, the department has hired Terrell Elliston as athletics academic advisor and Karin Neal and Alex Mena as athletics academic coaches. Dayshaun Richbow will be the new athletics study hall coordinator.