Men's Basketball Team

SSU Men's Basketball Team, Pictured Junior Christian Blu

The Savannah State men’s basketball team has had a rough starting season, going 1-4 over the first 5 games. The Tigers have had losses at Saint Leo University (107-67), at Lander University (64-51), at College of Coastal Georgia (67-59), and vs Clayton State University (75-56). They picked up their only win of the season on Saturday, November 27th 2021 at home against Claflin University (68-51). 

They fell to 1-4 with a home loss against a very good, Clayton State University team (CSU), on Saturday, December 4th 2021. The Tigers held a 33-29 point lead heading into halftime and were playing very well defensively.

In the second half the Lakers of Clayton State had an energy and confidence that was lacking in the first half. The Lakers doubled up the Tigers in scoring in the second half, 46-23. Ricardo Lynch (CSU) lead the Lakers with 25 points and shot four of eight from behind the arc. 

The Tigers struggled to get anything going offensively the entire game. They shot 35 percent from the field (21-60) and had a rough 16.7 percent from three-point range (4-24). Savannah State loves to shoot the three ball, their warmup shirts even said something along the lines of "Good things come in three." 

Next up for the Tigers is a road trip to Frankfort, Kentucky to play Kentucky State University. That will be the first game of the conference schedule for Savannah State.

Afterwards, SSU will head even more north and play at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. That will also be a conference opponent. There is no question that this has not been the start to the season that the Tigers had wanted. However, the goal for the season can still be reached and it starts with the game at Kentucky State University. 

The goal for the season should be to win the SIAC conference. SIAC conference play begins at Kentucky State. In a sense, the season is just now starting for the Tigers. 

If the Tigers want to be successful this season, they will need senior Trey DeLoach to be consistent all year. DeLoach, from nearby Richmond Hill, is averaging 15.2 points per game. He has been terrific for the Tigers early on. He has played really good defense and he is the main offensive player for Savannah State.

The slow start should not make the Tigers worry, the main goal is a SIAC Championship and that can still be achieved.

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