Tigers Beat Paine 80-76
Marcus Scott and Avery Joyner both scored 24 points to lead the Savannah State men’s basketball team to a 80-76 road win over Paine on February 15. Trey Deloach added 12 points and 10 rebounds while Zion Williams had 11 points and seven rebounds.
On Feb. 12, the Tigers fell to Miles 65-56 in a game played in Birmingham. Scott was the lone SSU player in double figures with 21 points.
Scott scored 18 points for Savannah State on Feb.10 to power the Tigers past visiting Albany State, 69-59. Deloach had 14 points and nine rebounds, Joyner chipped in 13 points while Andrew Okorodudu grabbed 12 rebounds.
SSU (8-11, 8-8 SIAC) played at Benedict on Feb. 17 and will wrap up the regular season by hosting Clark Atlanta on Feb. 20 and Fort Valley State on Feb. 22.
Maxwell Leads SSU Past Paine
Azhana Maxwell scored 25 points to lead the Savannah State women’s basketball team over Paine, 78-66 in a game played in Augusta on February 15. Le’Andrea Gillis had 21 points, Ta’Kyla Austin scored 13 and Amari Heard had 16 rebounds.
Miles handed SSU a 76-57 setback on Feb. 12. Miles, who is coached by former Savannah State coach Phil Wallace, outscored the Lady Tigers 20-7 in the fourth quarter to break open a close game. Gillis scored 18 for SSU followed by Robbi Allen (15) and Alexus Bryant (10 points and nine rebounds).
Gillis and Heard both scored 18 points in SSU’s 85-53 home win over Albany State on Feb. 10. Allen added 17 while Austin scored 13 and Maxwell chipped in 12 more.
The win gives SSU a 13-6 overall record and a 8-6 SIAC mark.
SSU Football Adds 32 Newcomers
Savannah State head football coach Shawn Quinn has made good on his promise to change recruiting at Savannah State and to focus on the greater Savannah area.
On February 5, National Signing Day, Quinn announced the addition of 32 young men who have decided to continue their education and athletic careers at SSU.
The list includes 29 from Georgia, two from South Carolina and one from Florida. Quinn and his assistants were able to bring in seven wide receivers, six defensive backs, five line backers, five offensive linemen, three running backs, two kickers, two slot backs, one tight end and one quarterback.
A dozen of those signed were from Savannah or the Coastal Empire.
Among the four locals were Marquell Brown from Savannah Christian, Nishan Roberson from Bethesda, Anthony Thomas from New Hampstead and Jaylen Wells from Beach.
Brown (5-8, 170) was a Class A all-state running back for the Raiders who finished the season with 1,304 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. Roberson (6-4, 271) played on both sides of the line for Bethesda where he helped the Blazers reach the South Carolina Independent Schools Association state title game. Playing for SSU alum Antwain Turner, Roberson finished the season with 64 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Thomas (6-2, 185) used his tall frame to catch 36 passes for 461 yards and six touchdowns for the Phoenix. He also ran the ball 18 times for 159 yards and a pair of scores. Thomas made the all region team and received a scholarship from the Savannah Quarterback Club. Wells (6-3, 185) will follow in the footsteps of his father, Calvin Wells, who played defensive line at SSU from 2001-04. The younger Wells was a standout quarterback at Beach and finished the 2019 season with 1,300 yards passing, 750 rushing yards while combining for 33 touchdowns. He was also named the Savannah QB Club Offensive Player of the Year.
Quinn inked three players from Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, and one each from Richmond Hill, Claxton, Statesboro, South Effingham and Effingham County.
Deon Bell (SS – Blackshear, Ga/Pierce Co. HS);
Quavien Bell (LB – Blackshear, Ga/Pierce Co. HS);
LaTrelvin Blackamore (CB
– Atlanta, Ga/Cedar Grove
HS); Marquell Brown (RB
– Savannah, Ga/Savannah
Christian); Brent Carr (SS
– Dublin, Ga/West Laurens
HS); Quintarius Chapman
(WR – Hinesville, Ga/Bradwell Institute); Tavion Chini
(WR – Richmond Hill, Ga/
Richmond Hill HS); Demarion Colbert (WR – Thomaston, Ga/Upson Lee HS);
Coreyon Cone (WR – Ellenwood, Ga/Cedar Grove
HS); Shaan Cook (RB –
HS); Daniel Dorsey (WR
– Dublin, Ga/West Laurens
HS); Malachi Gardner (LB
– Adairsville, Ga/Adairsville
HS); Jorge Gonzalez (K –
Claxton, Ga/Claxton HS);
Brendan Jackson (OLB –
HS); Christon Johnson (LB
– Jacksonville, Fl/First Coast
HS); Johnny Lattimore
(LB – Waycross, Ga/Ware
Co. HS); Kenneth Lockhart (K/P – Hinesville, Ga/
Bradwell Institute); De’leon
Madria (LT – Hinesville, Ga/
Bradwell Institute); Jalen
Mathis (OL – Sandersville,
Ga/ Washington Co. HS);
Noah McBride (CB – Florence, S.C./West Florence
HS); Da’shun Mitchell
(WR – Inman, S.C./Chapman HS); Elijah Norwood
(CB – Valdosta, Ga/Valdosta HS); Trevor Pfiester
(TE/LS – Guyton, Ga/South
Effingham HS); Sha’Marus
Poole (WR – Sandersville,
Ga/Washington Co. HS);
Nishan Roberson (DE – Savannah, Ga/Bethesda Academy); Randy Scott (RB
– Clyo, Ga/Effingham Co.
HS); Anthony Thomas Jr.
(WR – Savannah, Ga/New
Hampstead HS); Steven
Wakefield (RT – Athens, Ga/
Cedar Shoals HS); Kevin
Witherspoon (FS – Waycross, Ga/Ware Co. HS);
Jaylen Wells (QB – Savannah, Ga/ Beach HS); Arod
‘PJ’ Wright (OL – Wrightsville, Ga/Johnson Co. HS).