Tigers On Losing
The Savannah State men’s basketball team has lost five games in a row dating back to a eight point loss at Bowling Green on December 3. SSU fell at Creighton 77-62 on Dec. 16 and Coastal Carolina 91-70 on Dec. 19. In the loss to Creighton, the Bluejays jumped out to a 24-6 lead in the first period and had runs of 9-2 and 10-2 in the second half. Darius Baugh came off the bench to score 23 points for the Tigers while Rashad Hassan had 14 and Preston Blackmon added 11. SSU trailed Coastal Carolina 58- 50 with 13 minutes left but Coastal went on a 21-8 run to put the Tigers away. Blackmon led the way for SSU (4-8) with 19 points followed by Hassan (16), Tracy Rankins (12) and Patrick Hardy (11).
SSU Women Fall
To Norfolk State
Norfolk State held Savannah State scoreless for the final five and a half minutes in a 57-45 win over the Lady Tigers on December 15 at Tiger Arena. That scoreless stretch allowed NSU to expand their two point lead to a 12 point victory. Darice Fountaine had 10 points and seven rebounds for SSU. The Lady Tigers defeated Jacksonville State 51-37 in the first round of the Osprey Holiday Classic in Jacksonville, FL on Dec. 17. SSU won by 14 despite not scoring the last 4:44 of the game. Crissa Jackson had 14 points and six assists while Courtney Long scored 11 and Kym Stamps chipped in 10. Alisha Nelson had 11 rebounds. On Dec. 18, North Florida topped SSU 56-42 in the second round of the classic. SSU trailed by three with eight minutes remaining but was on the short end of a 14- 3 run in the end. SSU was out-rebounded 46 to 27. Jackson and Stamps scored 11 points each for Savannah State. SSU fell to 8-6 after suffering a 57-41 loss to Coastal Carolina on Dec. 20 in Myrtle Beach, SC in the Carolina Roundball Challenge. Coastal went on a 15-2 run to end the first half and start the second half and used a 10-4 the final three minutes to slam the door on SSU. Mattisha Mangum had nine points for SSU.
Allen Edwards has been fired from his job at defensive line coach on the Savannah State football staff. The move will take effect January 15, 2010. Edwards and head coach Robby Wells were teammates on the 1988 Furman national championship team. Edwards, 39, had coached at SSU for two years.
According to head coach Curtis Foster, the Savannah Lady Warriors have signed two new players for the 2010 season. Former Armstrong Atlantic forward Emily Perpich has signed a contract as well as former Longwood guard Kieva Smalls. The 6- foot Perpich averaged 15.2 points and 10 rebounds at AASU and the 5-10 Smalls, who is currently playing in Finland where she scores 17.2 points a game, averaged 20.2 points a game at Longwood.