SSU Men’s Basketball Coach Horace Broadnax Named Coach of the Year

Horace Broadnax
Horace Broadnax

Savannah State University men’s basketball head coach Horace Broadnax was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

In the first year of MEAC competition, the Savannah State Tigers clinched the regular season title last week, finishing the season with a 14-2 conference record and 21-10 overall record. SSU leads the conference in scoring defense, only allowing 58.9 points per game and are second in scoring margin (+5.4).

This is Broadnax’s third MEAC Coach of the Year accolade. He garnered two for the 1998-99 and 1999-00 seasons as head coach for Bethune-Cookman University.

During his second year at Bethune-Cookman, Broadnax turned around a team that finished 1-26 to a fifth-place finish with a 10-9 conference record. Broadnax earned the title again after the men’s team earned its first number one ranking in eh MEAC during the 1999- 00 regular season.

Broadnax inherited a Savannah State team that was 0-28 prior to his arrival in 2005. By 2007, Broadnax led the team to a 12-18, the most wins in Division 1 school history.

The Tigers will enter the MEAC tournament this week as the number one seed, garnering a first round bye to face the winner of Tuesday’s matchup between No. 8 Hampton University and No. 9 Morgan State University.

Savannah State’s Deric Rudolph and Rashad Hassan were named MEAC All- Conference men’s basketball second team, the conference announced today. Rudolph, a junior from Gadsen, Alabama, leads the team and the MEAC in 3-point field goals made with 96, averaging 3.1 per game. He is second in scoring with a .340 FG%, averaging 10.8 points per game for the Tigers. Hassan, a junior out of Riverdale, Georgia, leads the team in scoring with a .584 FG% (3rd in the MEAC), averaging 12.7 points per game (10th in the MEAC).

Savannah State’s Ezinne Kalu was named to the MEAC All-Conference women’s basketball second team. Kalu leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game (3rd in the MEAC), in assist with 82 (11th in the MEAC), and in steals with 80 (2nd in the MEAC). She has a .327 FG% with a total of 517 points.

The Lady Tigers enter the MEAC tournament as the 11th seed and will face the 6th seeded University of Maryland Eastern Shore Lady Eagles, Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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