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Lady Tigers Earn SIAC Basketball Honors

A trio of players from the Savannah State women’s basketball team have received postseason honors from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for their play during the 2019-20 season.

Amari Heard was named the SIAC Freshman of the Year, Ta’Kyla Austin was named Newcomer of the Year and Le’Andrea Gillis was named to the All-SIAC Second Team.

Heard, a freshman forward from Lawerenceville, GA finished the regular season averaging 9.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 41.7 percent from the field. Austin, a junior who transferred to SSU from ASA College in Miami, averaged 13.4 points and had 61 assists and 40 steals during the regular season. Gillis, a sophomore from Adrian, GA, averaged 18.5 points and six rebounds per game during the regular season.

SSU Football Players Participate In Pro Day

Six former Savannah

Amari Heard
Amari Heard

State football players made the short journey to Statesboro on March 13 to participate in the Georgia Southern NFL Pro Day.

Those participating from SSU were wide receiver Major Bellamy, Cam- eron White and Czar Benby, corner backs John Wilson and AJ Beach and punter/ kicker Giovanni Lugo.

The players were tested in the bench press, broad jump, vertical jump, 40-yard dash, shuttle drill, three-cone drill and position drills.

Blue Beats Orange In SSU Spring Game

University of Georgia transfer Mason Wood ran for one touchdown and threw for another to lead the Blue squad to a 18-12 overtime victory over the Orange team in Savannah

State’s annual Orange and Blue scrimmage which took place at TA Wright Stadium on March 11.

Wood ended the game rushing five times for 16 yards while completing seven of 12 pass attempts for 92 yards. He also threw two interceptions.

The Blue team scored first when Malik Fleming caught a 16 yard touchdown pass from D’Vonn Gibbons with 2:20 remaining in the first quar- ter. The score remained the same until the Orange team tied the contest with 11:40 left in the third quarter when JT Hartage tossed a 27 yard scoring pass to Jattorius Galloway to make it 6-6.

Ta’Kyla Austin
Ta’Kyla Austin

Both teams found the end-zone in the final quarter. Wood scored on a 22 yard scamper with 14:08 left in regulation for a 12-6 lead while Hartage threw a 34 yard pass to Ravion Hayden with 1:38 remaining.

In the overtime period, the Orange team failed to scored on their possession. The Blue team took over and earned the win following Wood’s game winning nine yard throw to Einaj Carter to make the score 18-12.

The Blue offense had 181 yards despite having four turnovers (two interceptions and two fumbles). The Blue defense, which limited the Orange offense to minus 24 yards, had nine sacks. Carter caught five passes for 86 yards and Tyler Moore had 11 tackles and four sacks.

Major Belllamy
Major Belllamy

Chris Smith had four tackles and Jayln Thompson picked off two passes for the Orange defense. Galloway caught four passes for 67 yards and Hayden hauled in two receptions for 89 yards. D’Angelo Durhan had eight carries for 38 yards while Hartage completed seven of 11 passes for 152 yards. The Orange offense had 140 total yards.

Cameron White
Cameron White
D’Vonn Gibbons
D’Vonn Gibbons

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