SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Savannah State raced to a 15-point lead during the first five and a half minutes and rolled to an 84-62 season-opening victory over Trinity Baptist on Friday night in the opener for both teams.
Preston Blackman scored on a layup and a 3-pointer to get the Tigers off to a quick start. They led 16-1 with 14:34 left in the first half and never played with less than a seven-point advantage for the rest of the way.
Jyles Smith had 11 rebounds and eight points for Savannah State.
Xavier Perkins led Trinity Baptist with 15 points.
Before the game, the Savannah State men's team dedicated the season to Andrew Anderson, a former Tigers' player who died Aug. 11 from a rare strain of pneumonia. Anderson was 21 years old.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|