ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Preston Blackman scored 20 points Saturday night to lead Savannah State to a 64-49 win over South Carolina State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.
It was the sixth consecutive win for the Tigers (11-9, 5-1). The Bulldogs (4-15, 0-6) have now lost 12 games in a row.
Savannah State took a 32-21 lead at halftime, then coasted to the 15-point victory. Besides Blackman, Rashad Hassan came off the bench to score in double figures with 17 points. Largely on his effort, Savannah outscored the Bulldogs 29-7 in bench scoring.
Hassan was 7 for 12 from the floor and made all three of his free throws.
While Savannah State was 5 for 12 from the 3-point arc, South Carolina State went 3 for 17 from long range. Khalif Toombs sank two of those treys in eight attempts.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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|