Tigers Lose In Overtime
Spring Hill overcame a 15-point deficit and rallied to defeat Savannah State in overtime 81-72 in a game played in Tiger Arena on December 19.
Savannah State led 62-47 with 7:19 left in regulation following a layup by Joe Boykin but the Badgers strung together a 21-2 run to take a 68-64 lead at the 1:24 mark.
The Tigers pulled within two after a Amaru Bryant layup and a layup by Rico Bonds with two seconds showing sent the game into an extra period. Spring Hill held SSU without a field goal in the overtime period as they outscored SSU 13-4.
Savannah State (1- 6, 1-3 SIAC) led by as many as eight in the first half and held a slim 34-33 lead at intermission.
Bonds led SSU with 23 points and Marcus Scott scored 14. Boykin chipped in 10 points while Andrew Okorodudu grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds.
Spring Hill Downs SSU Women
Playing her first game of the season, sophomore Robbi Allen scored 16 points but it would not be enough as the Savannah State Lady Tigers would lose to Spring Hill 79-62 in a SIAC game played at Tiger Arena on December 19.
Ty’Kyla Austin and Azhana Maxwell scored 12 points apiece while Alexis Bryant had 11 rebounds for SSU.
The Badgers led 23-10 after one quarter of play and took a 40-27 advantage into the half. SSU (4-3, 1-3 SIAC) outscored the visitors from Mobile, Alabama 19-15 in the third quarter.
Spring Hill had their lead sliced to eighth with 5:15 left in the fourth quarter but answered with a 8-1 run to go ahead by 15 and seal the win.
Givens In Hall of Fame
Former Savannah State football player Alfredo Given was recently enshrined in the Battery Creek High School Hall of Fame. Givens graduated from Battery Creek in 1989. Upon graduation, he received an athletic scholarship to attend Savannah State where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in criminal justice, as well as, lettering in football and track. Givens continues to hold the Battery Creek record in the track & field event for the shot put. The former SSU defensive lineman who is currently a captain with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s office, has worked in law enforcement in Beaufort County since 1994, and currently supervises the Sheriff’s Office’s School Resource Officer Program, Courthouse Security, and the Community Resource Officer Program.
Turner Wins Pioneer League Award
Savannah native Calvin Turner, Jr. has been honored by the Pioneer League for his play on the football field during the 2019 season.
Turner, who played quarterback for Jacksonville University, was selected to the First-Team All-PFL team as an all-purpose runner, the newest position added to the league’s postseason honors. He led all FCS runners with 1,355 rushing yards in 2019 and was second among Pioneer League runners in rushing touchdowns (15).
Jacksonville recently decided to discontinue their football program and Turner will be transferring to play at Hawaii next season.