Nesbitt Makes All Conference Team
Savannah native Malik Nesbitt has been named to the 2021 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference all conference team for his performance during the season.
During the regular season, the Savannah High alum led his team, Avila University, to a 7-3 record.
In ten games, Nesbitt ran the ball 207 times for 1,034 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also had 20 receptions for 161 yards and one touchdown.
In the first game of the season against Tabor, he ran for 144 yards on 23 carries and scored five touchdowns. The following week against Ottawa, Nesbitt ran for 185 yards on 32 carries while scoring two touchdowns.
During Avila’s final three regular season contests, Nesbitt had games of 107, 142 and 105 yards while scoring five touchdowns.
Savannah State Falls In SIAC Volleyball Tournament
Savannah State’s stay at the 2021 SIAC Volleyball Tournament was short-lived as the Lady Tigers were eliminated on day one.
For the Lady Tigers, the tournament started and ended on November 15 at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
SSU, which was the fourth seed coming out of the SIAC East, played in the fourth match of the day against Spring Hill, which was the top seed coming out of the SIAC West.
Spring Hill finished with 3-0 sweep over Savannah State by scores of 25-9, 25-8 and 25-10. Imani Williamson posted four kills for the Lady Tigers while Imani Cook had two blocks, Sydney Harville had seven assists and Kloe Ludy had six digs .
The loss sent SSU to the elimination round where they would face Benedict, the second seed from the SIAC East.
Benedict stayed alive in the tournament with a 3-2 victory over Savannah State by scores of 20-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-12, 15-7. Jeilynn Brown led SSU’s offense with 10 kills. Caylen Samuel handed out 20 assists and Ludy had 22 digs.
SSU’s season ended with a 10-15 overall record. The Lady Tigers went 6-10 in conference play.
Lady Tigers Win Season Opener
The Savannah State women’s basketball team won their regular season opener against Morris College (0-1) in a game played at Tiger Arena on November 20 by a score of 121-48.
All 14 SSU players who saw action scored at least two points. Savannah State had five players score in double figures.
Le’Andrea Gillis made five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks. Shekinah Howard had 14 points, Ta’Kyla Austin scored 11 while Autumn Westmoreland and Amani Heard chipped in ten points apiece.
SSU ended the lopsided game shooting 57.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc while out-rebounding the Hornets 46 to 36.
Savannah State (1- 0) led 26-14 after the first quarter and held a 58-26 advantage at intermission. The Lady Tigers outscored Morris 34-9 in the third quarter as they entered the final quarter with a 92-35 lead.
Tigers Off To Slow Start
The Savannah State men’s basketball team is off to a slow start, losing road games at St. Leo and Lander.
SSU lost to St. Leo 107-67 to start their regular season on November 16 and dropped a 64-51 decision to Lander on Nov. 20.
Against St. Leo, SSU was down 23-22 with 7:19 left in the first half but then went cold as St. Leo went into halftime with a 49- 26 lead. SSU never recovered. With 10:12 remaining in the contest, SSU trailed by 45 points.
Marcus Scott had 21 points for the Tigers. Trey Deloach added 20, Daryl Richardson scored 11 and Andrew Okorodudu grabbed 13 rebounds.
In the Lander game, SSU was down 49- 46 with 6:11 left but Lander went on a 15-5 run to end the game for their first victory of the season.
SSU (0-2) out-rebounded Lander 38 to 27.
Scott led four Tigers in double figures with 19 points as he hit five 3-pointers. Deloach and Richardson had 11 points each and Okorodudu had 10. Richardson also had 11 rebounds.