COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Savannah State men, women fall on Monday night

BASKETBALL

 

East Tennessee St.

defeats Savannah St.

Devontavius Payne scored a career-high 28 points off the bench on 10-of-19 shooting with 6 of 14 on 3-pointers and sparked a game-changing run to lead East Tennessee State over Savannah State 76-61 on Monday for the Buccaneers’ first win of the season.

Jason Williams hit a career-high five 3-pointers, David Burrell grabbed 12 rebounds and Desonta Bradford had 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for ETSU.

Payne’s layup tied it at 27 in the first half after five lead changes and four ties and the Buccaneers (1-1) pulled away on a 14-2 run in which Payne dunked and hit a 3 to lead 39-31 at halftime.

Payne hit another 3, dunked and made a layup as ETSU scored 11 unanswered points for a 19-point lead to open the second half and was never threatened.

Austin Dasent scored 12 points and Dexter McClanahan had 10 and scored his 600th career point for Savannah State (0-2).

Box score, 2B

Alabama State

women top SSU

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Arleatha Gipson tallied 13 points and Shamyiah Smith 12 as host Alabama State surged past the Savannah State women’s basketball team 81-61 on Monday night.

Tatyana Calhoun added 11 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as Alabama State (1-1) had a 48-40 edge on the boards. The Hornets also took more free throws, making 23 of 35, to 14 of 25 for the Tigers.

SSU, which led 19-17 after the first quarter, had more turnovers, 25-16.

Kaylee Allen poured in 21 points and Donasja Scott added 16 for SSU (1-1).

Box score, 2B

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Auburn places 2 support staffers on leave

AUBURN, Ala. — Two members of the Auburn basketball support staff have been placed on administrative leave because of an internal investigation into the program.

The school released a statement on Monday saying Jordan VerHulst and Frankie Sullivan are on leave “until further notice based upon the University’s ongoing investigation into the men’s basketball program.”

Auburn hired Birmingham law firm Lightfoot, Franklin and White to review the program after former associate head coach Chuck Person’s September arrest in a national federal investigation of corruption in college basketball.

VerHulst is in his fourth season with the program, including his first as the special assistant to the head coach. Sullivan, who is the video coordinator, has been on coach Bruce Pearl’s staff for three seasons. Sullivan played for Auburn from 2009-13 and was team captain for three seasons.

FOOTBALL

Kaepernick named

GQ’s citizen of the year

NEW YORK — Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named GQ’s magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism.

Kaepernick began kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked a wave of NFL protests by players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Donald Trump. Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team.

Kaepernick says on Twitter he’s “honored” by the recognition.

The magazine ‘s story includes comments from several of Kaepernick’s supporters and confidants. Rapper J. Cole says Kaepernick “sacrificed his dream” to stand for something. Ninety-year-old singer and activist Harry Belafonte says seeing people like Kaepernick taking action is “the greatest reward” he could ask for.

CONTACT US

• Nathan Dominitz, 912-652-0350, nathan.dominitz@savannahnow.com

• sports@savannahnow.com

• To report prep results, call: 800-533-1150, ext. 329 in Georgia; 800-241-0029 in South Carolina.

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