The Hornets tied the game for the final time at 50-50 with 2:37 remaining on Stephawn Brown's 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Savannah State took the lead for good with just over two minutes to play and extended it to 55-51 with 1:18 left in the game on a 3-pointer by Williams. A three-point play by Joshua Freelove brought the Hornets (0-4) to within one at 55-54 with 55 seconds remaining, but the Tigers (3-1) held on for the victory.
Freelove led Alabama State with 17 points.
Savannah State led 9-2 and 19-6 in the first half, but Alabama State came back to within two, trailing 25-23 at the break.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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|