The Savannah State University men’s basketball team traveled away from Tiger Arena to contest their skills against Delaware State University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore over the weekend, winning both games with a score of 76-73 and 68-63 respectively.
The Tigers were coming off an unfortunate loss in their previous game against NCCU, and it is clear based on these close scores that they were not leaving the opponents' home turf without a victory.
The match against Delaware had those in attendance on their feet as the game was neck and neck throughout the contest. It seemed as if it could have been anyone’s game, as there were ten ties and nine lead changes exchanged by both teams. As the second half ensued however, the Tigers had a decent lead over the opposition as the score was 69-65, after the Tigers went on a 5-0 offensive run.
With 10 seconds remaining in the contest, guard Zach Sellers made one foul shot which brought the Tigers lead up to 74 against Delaware’s 71. The Hornets could have tied the game up with a three of their own on the next possession, however luckily for us they failed to capitalize and had to settle for a layup opportunity. Stand out guard Collins Joseph showed the Hornets fans his composure at the foul line on the next possession, which increased the lead to two points with a score of 77-73 before time expired.
Maryland Eastern Shore was no easy task either, as at the beginning of the game both team’s offensive stars displayed their skills as there were four ties throughout the half. The Tigers were able to pull away with a score of 29-24, but a basket followed by a three pointer from the opposition ended the half with both teams tied.
As the second half commenced the ball game was just as entertaining as the first half. Savannah State unleashed an offensive barrage on Eastern Shore as they went on a 13-4 which brought the score up to 62-52. However, Eastern Shore rallied together and increased their score which brought the game up to 65-61. Our composure once shown once again, as mistakes were made by the Shore which were capitalized upon by the Tigers, as they roared down the stretch to secure the win from 3-4 free throws made which subsequently ended the game.
In their next contest, the Tigers will welcome Coppin State University on Feb. 9 in which they intend to secure a three-game win streak.