SSU Women Win
The Savannah State women’s track team ran away with a first place finish at the SSU EyeOpener Track Meet held February 27 on the SSU campus. SSU had 129 points while Albany State (110.5) was second and Bethune- Cookman (106.5) was third. The SSU 4x400m relay team won their event and Sharonda Redfield won the triple jump. The SSU men (107) finished second behind UNCPembroke (111) while Albany State (85) was third. Eric Plump led the SSU men by winning the 100m and 200m races.
Tigers Beat Carver
Tracy Rankins went out with a bang as he scored 25 points to lead Savannah State to a 94-68 win over Carver Bible College in Tiger Arena on February 26. SSU finishes their season with a 11-15 record. Rankins was one of five Tigers in double figures. Marius Chawa came off the bench to contribute 17 points while Arnold Louis had 16 points and 14 rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Preston Blackmon had 14 points and 10 assists and Rashad Hassan added 14 points and 14 rebounds. It was the final game in a SSU uniform for seniors Patrick Hardy, Devin Stowers, Glen Izevbigie and Rankins.
Morris Upsets SSU
What started out as a season of promise ended up in disaster as Savannah State lost the final game of the 2009-10 season to Morris 55-50 in Tiger Arena on February 27. SSU ends the year 9-21 and lost 17 of their last 18 games. SSU led 47-45 with just over five minutes left but the Hornets responded with a 10- 0 run to provide the knockout punch. Courtney Long led Savannah State with 14 points while Mangum chipped in 10. Alisha Nelson had eight rebounds and eight blocks. Savannah natives Shaniqua Campbell (13 points and eight rebounds) and Jamecia Ready (four points) helped Morris pull the upset.
SSU Pounds Clark
The Savannah State baseball team earned their first win of the season with a 16-4 victory over Clark Atlanta on February 23 in a game played in College Park, Georgia. Dexter Kelley hit a grand slam for SSU. The Tigers fell at USC-Beaufort 11-4 on Feb. 24 and lost all games in the SSU Baseball Classic, held Feb. 26-28. Delaware State defeated SSU 12-10, Florida A&M beat the Tigers 16-14 and Norfolk State routed SSU 13-5. The Tigers have a 1-7 record.
Fort Valley State released their 2010 tentative football schedule on February 16. The Wildcats will open the season at Miles on August 28 and will play their home opener on September 4 against Morehouse. FVSU will play Savannah State on Sept. 11 at a yet to be determined site. The rest of the schedule includes Stillman, Benedict, Clark Atlanta, Tuskegee, Kentucky State, Lane and Albany State. Homecoming is October 2 against Benedict.