The Savannah State men’s and women’s basketball host a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) doubleheader this Saturday against Tuskegee University to close out 2019.
Both teams will look to secure important SIAC wins before the Holiday break. Savannah State women’s basketball returns to action on January 6 in Tiger Arena with a non-conference warm-up game before a four-game SIAC road swing. The Tigers return to the court after the Holidays with three SIAC road games.
SCOUTING REPORT GAME ONE
Savannah State women’s basketball enters Saturday’s final home game of the year on a two-game losing streak. They fell to LeMoyne-Owen College, 55-61, in overtime on Dec. 14 and to Spring Hill, 65-79, on Thursday in Tiger Arena.
SSU will have to stave off a Tuskegee team that is currently on a hot streak in order to improve on their 1-3 conference record. The Golden Tigers are 4-0 in December, earning three big SIAC wins over Clark Atlanta, Fort Valley State and Albany State.
Leading the stats, Sophmore Le’Andrea Gillis heads up the Lady Tigers with 19.7 points a game. Newcomer Ta’Kyla Austin is averaging 16 points a game, while Azhana Maxwell is putting up 13 and freshman Amari Heard is averaging 10.5 as well as 9.5 rebounds.
Heard has recorded four double doubles in her first season. Back on the roster is Robbi Allen who opened the 2019-20 season with a team-high 16 points in their loss to Spring Hill.
Savannah State men’s basketball will look to bounce back after a heart-breaking overtime loss on Thursday. The Tigers led Spring Hill by as much as 15 points before falling to them in overtime in one of their best outings of the season.
SSU is looking for its second SIAC win of the season against a 6-5 Tuskegee team who’s 3-1 in the conference. The Golden Tigers enter Saturday’s game on a threegame winning streak after beating Clark Atlanta and Fort Valley State for SIAC wins in the last week.
The Tigers are led this season by Adrian “Rico” Bonds, who is averaging 21.9 points a game. Freshman Marcus Scott is putting in 12.7 while Amaru Bryant is adding 10.6 for SSU. The team is shooting 39% from the floor and 27% from beyond the arc.
The Golden Tigers are led by two seniors. James Eads is putting up 19.5 points a game at a 46% clip from the floor while Myles Thomas is tacking on 15.5 at a 51% shooting percentage from field goal range. On the long ball, Thomas is draining 46% of his attempts this season.