Tigers Close Season With Win Over EWC
The Savannah State football team closed their 2019 season with a 49-19 road win over Edward Waters in Jacksonville, Florida on November 9 in a game played at First Coast High School.
SSU led 21-0 after one quarter of play as quarterback D’Vonn Gibbons had touchdown runs of 23 and five yards and Major Bellamy added a 18 yard touchdown run.
Early in the second quarter AJ Beach returned a interception 65 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 28-0. Midway in the quarter EWC scored a touchdown to make the score 28- 6.
A three-yard touchdown run by D’Angelo Durham gave the Tigers a 35-6 lead with 9:20 left in the third quarter but Edward Waters answered with a touchdown of their own late in the quarter to get within 35-12.
Gibbons scored on a ten yard run with just under eleven minutes left in the game for the final SSU points on the day. Edward Waters added a pair of scores with under five minutes remaining in the game to make the score 49-19.
The crowd of 976 saw Durham finish the day rushing for 148 yards which gave him 1,022 yards for the season and making him just the fifth SSU player in school history to run for 1,000 in a single season. Gibbons completed 4 of 7 passes for 58 yards while running for 78 yards. Einaj Carter caught three passes for 48 yards for the Tigers while Brian Roberts, Desmond Young and Cam Brown all had six tackles apiece.
The contest, which was the final game for 13 Savannah State seniors, was sloppy with SSU (7-3) getting penalized 22 times for 230 yards while Edward Waters (1-9) drew 14 flags for 93 yards.
SSU Women Open Basketball Season
The Savannah State women’s basketball team opened their 2019-20 regular season with a 103-51 victory over Carver College in a game played in Tiger Arena on November 10.
Sophomores Alexus Bryant and Le’Andrea Gillis scored 21 points apiece to lead five SSU play- ers in double figures. Ta’Kyla Austin scored 16 points while Azhana Maxwell and Amari Heard chipped in 13 points each. Bryant had a game-high 11 rebounds
Savannah State led 24-13 after the first quarter but out-scored the visitors from Atlanta 30-9 in the second quarter to take full command of the game. Carver only had five players and two of those fouled out, meaning they finished the game with just three players.
Savannah State played a exhibition game against Fort Stewart in Tiger Arena on Nov. 8, winning 95-91. Austin scored 26 points in that game while Maxwell added 23, Gillis chipped in 18 points and nine rebounds and Heard scored 12 points. Ft. Stewart led 23-20 after the first quarter and 47-44 at the half. SSU won the third quarter 30-18 by shooting 75 percent from the field.
Tigers Win Exhibition Game
Zion Williams came off the bench to score 25 points to lead the Savannah State men’s basketball team to a 129-113 exhibition win over Fort Stewart in a game played in Tiger Arena on November 8. The former Jenkins High standout also had ten rebounds, four assists and four steals while making seven 3-pointers. SSU led by seven with 4:34 left in the first half before going on a 27-7 run that gave them a commanding 79-50 edge. Ft. Stewart trailed by as many as 33 points in the second period could not get any closer than 11. Former Johnson High standout Adrian Bonds scored 22 points for the Tigers and Hinesville native Marcus Scott V had 20 points. Larson Ashford had 16 points, Justice Stanley netted 14 while dishing out eight assists and former Bethesda star Avery Joyner scored 13 points.
Rams and Bears To Play For SIAC Title
Albany State will host Miles in the 2019 SIAC Championship Football Game on November 16 at 2p.m.. On Nov. 9, Albany State captured the SIAC Eastern Division title with a 42-6 win over Fort Valley State in the Fountain City Classic in Columbus while Miles spoiled Tuskegee’s Homecoming with a 20-6 win over the Golden Tigers to win the SIAC Western Division crown.