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Savannah State Opens Softball Season

The Savannah State softball team opened their 2020 season by hosting Claflin and Emory-Riddle on February 1 at the SSU Softball Field.

The Lady Tigers dropped both games, losing to Claflin 13-4 and 10-0 to Emory-Riddle.

Against Claflin, Morgan Green had two hits for SSU while Kameryn Baker and Jocelyn Lozano drove in two runs apiece.

Baker hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning that scored Green and then hit a RBI single in the third inning. Lozano hit a two run double for SSU in the fourth.

Savannah State trailed 2-1 after one inning of play but Claflin exploded for five runs in the second inning and six more in the top of the third to go ahead 12-1.

Emory-Rid- dle’s Jayla Jackson threw a no-hitter while striking out 13 batters against SSU. Shayna Byers, who drew a walk in the second inning, was the lone SSU player to reach base.

Lady Tigers Beat Albany State

Morgan Green
Morgan Green

Azhana Maxwell scored 17 points to lead four Savannah State players in double figures as SSU defeated Albany State 70-52 on February 2 in Albany. It was Savannah State’s first victory over ASU since the 1998-99 season and their first win over the Lady Rams in Albany since the 1994-95 campaign.

Le’Andrea Gillis scored 13 points for SSU, Robbi Allen had 12 and Ty’Kyla Austin netted 11.

SSU led 19-11 after the first quarter and led 34-11 at the half after holding Albany State scoreless in the second quarter.

Albany State outscored the Lady Tigers 26- 11 in the third quarter to pull within eight but SSU started the final quarter with a 16-2 run to put the game away to improve to 11-5 overall and 6-5 in the SIAC.

Savannah State downed Paine 81-61 in Tiger Arena on January 27 as Maxwell finished the contest with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Austin led all scorers with 24 points followed by Amari Heard who contributed 12 points and nine rebounds.

Azhana Maxwell
Azhana Maxwell

The score was knotted at 15-15 after the end of the first quarter and SSU led 32-25 at intermission.

SSU, who started the fourth quarter with a eight point lead, closed the game with a 12-2 run as they outscored the Lions 30-18 in the final quarter.

Scott Leads Tigers Past Paine

Marcus Scott made six 3-pointers as he scored 25 points to lead the Savannah State men’s basketball team to a 81-57 win over Paine in a game played in Tiger Arena on January 27.

Avery Joyner came off the bench to add 15 points while Rico Bonds scored 14 and Zion Williams had 13 points while dishing out nine assists. Andrew Okorodudu had 10 rebounds for the Tigers.

SSU led 39-33 at the half and used a 15-2 run early in the second half to increase their advantage to 17 points. A 11-2 spurt late in the contest stretched the SSU lead to 29 with just over a minute remaining.

The Tigers traveled to southwest Georgia on February 1 to play Albany State and were defeated 72-57 as they had their four game win streak snapped by the Rams.

Marcus Scott
Marcus Scott

SSU led 15-10 but the Rams responded with seven straight points to take the lead. ASU led by as many as ten in the opening half and led 43-35 at the break.

The Rams expanded their lead to 13 early in the second period but Savannah State chipped their deficit down to 52-47 with 13 minutes left.

ASU answered with a 14-3 run and never looked back. The Rams out-rebounded SSU 36 to 17 in the game.

Bonds led the Tigers (5-9, 5-6 SIAC) with 13 points, Amaru Bryant had 12 and Okorodudu added 10.

Avery Joyner
Avery Joyner

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