Troyce Manassa

The Savannah State Tigers men’s basketball team hosted the Morgan State Bears on Saturday in a MEAC contest and the Tigers won the game 74-61.

“We struggled a bit in the first half doing what we wanted to do,” Tigers head coach Horace Broadnax said. “In the second half we picked the pace up.”

The game began with the Tigers opening up o a 9-2 run that was capped off with a one-handed dunk from Zach Sellers.

The Tigers followed up that run by taking a 19-12 lead just a few minutes later but the Bears responded with a run of their own. The Bears went on a 13-4 run and took a 25-23 lead after a made three pointer from Antonio Gillespie.

Both teams kept battling for the remainder of the half but a Kyle Thomas reverse layup gave Morgan State a 34-30 lead at halftime.

The Tigers opened up the second half on an 11-9 run in a run that was capped off by an emphatic one handed dunk by Dexter McClanahan. “My teammate Austin threw me the ball and I saw the guy coming and the main thought is I gotta go up strong,” McClanahan said.

The Bears continued to fight but the Tigers responded to their previous run by going on another huge scoring run and taking a 56-46 lead.

The Tigers ended the game on an 18-15 run and went on to win the contest 74-61. The Tigers were led in scoring by Troyce Manassa who scored 28 points, dished out three assists and collected three steals.

“I do whatever it takes to win,” Manassa said. “This is a system that embraces scoring and coach wants us to get up shots and any time I get the opportunity I’m taking the shot.”

The Tigers return to game action on Monday when they will host Delaware State in another MEAC matchup. “We gotta do what we gotta do and run the ball up court,” Broadnax said. “We gotta have great pace in both halfs.”

Game time is set to begin at 8 pm EST or approximately 30 minutes after the Lady Tigers game ends.  

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