Tigers Fall On The Road
After starting out the season with three straight home wins, the Savannah State men’s basketball team has found life away from Tiger Arena can be very tough. Last week SSU suffered road losses to Baylor and Jackson State. On November 23, Baylor defeated SSU 100-61. The Bears used a 18-4 run to break open a close game in the first half and never looked back. Baylor also had a 10-0 run in the second period. Lenjo Kilo had 13 points and 6 rebounds for the Tigers. On Nov. 27, Jackson State handed SSU a 69-42 setback. Savannah State led 26-23 at the half but a 20-0 run by JSU in the second half doomed the men clad in blue and orange and sent them to their third straight loss. Chris Martin led Savannah State (3-3) with 14 points and 6 rebounds.
SSU Women Lose To Florida
The Savannah State women’s basketball squad lost a road game to the Florida Gators on November 24 by a score of 99-34. UF led the Lady Tigers 28-13 in the first quarter. The Gator defense held SSU scoreless in the second quarter as they went into the half with a 50-13 advantage. Florida increased their led to 83-27 at the end of the third quarter as they cruised to the win. SSU (1-2) was led by Kenyata Hendrix who had13 points. Tiyonda Davis added 7 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Tuskegee Advances In D-II Playoffs
Dennis Norfleet scored on a two yard run with 19 seconds left and Tuskegee held on to defeat North Alabama 35-31 in the second round of the Division II playoffs. Tuskegee led 28-17 in the fourth quarter before the Lions rallied and took a 31-28 lead after a Kevin Henke 27-yard field goal with 3:54 to play. The Golden Tigers had 434 yards of offense on the day and were led by Norfleet who ran for 136 yards.Tuskegee (10-2) will play West Georgia on December
Former SSU AD Arrested
Former Savannah State athletic director Robert “Tony” O’Neal was arrested an incident that occurred during the Bethune-Cookman homecoming game on October 24. According to a report, O’Neal, who is the associate athletic director at B-CU, allegedly approached Daytona Beach police officers in a golf cart near a stadium entrance yelling at them to assist him with parking tickets. A police report indicates that O’Neal became irate and jumped out of the golf cart, approached a sergeant and banged his forehead against the sergeant. The report also asserts that O’Neal grabbed and pushed the sergeant during the incident. O’Neal was later booked into the Volusia County Jail on battery on a law enforcement officer complaint, according to the report. He has since posted bond and issued an apology for the incident.