SAVANNAH, Ga.---Senior guard Patrell Rogers tossed in a game-high 26 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Damani Applewhite added 24 and seven boards but it wasn’t enough as the top-ranked Savannah State defeated SC State,111-99, Saturday in Tiger Arena.
Graduate guard Donte Wright added 16 and freshman guard Rayshawn Neal finished with seven points and seven assists in the loss.
SSU had six players in double-figures with Dexter McClanahan leading the way with the game's only double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Zach Sellers added 18 and Austin Dasent 15 and Alante Fenner chipped 14 in the win.
The Tigers also got solid reserve play from Ty’lik Evans with 13 points and Jahir Cabeza with 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks on the day.
Despite the loss, the Bulldogs led in several categories including rebounding (44-40), points in the paint (32-26), second chance points (17-14), fast break (8-6) and bench points (26-25).
Savannah State led 49-42 during intermission.
The second-half SSU jumped out to an early 13-point advantage,69-56, off a three-pointer by Evans at the 15:04 mark. Justin Jones nailed a three-pointer with 12:06 remaining to pull the Bulldogs within five, 71-66.
SSU, one of the hottest teams in the league, connected on 13 three-pointers on the day to build their biggest lead of the game 17, 96-79, off another three-pointer by Evans with 6:01 remaining in regulation.
A driving layup by Neal and three-pointer by Rogers closed the scoring gap to 11, 101-90, but it wasn’t enough as Savannah State held on to improve to 11-13 overall, 8-1 in the MEAC.
SSU shot 85.7% from the charity stripe connecting on 18-of-21, while SC State finished shooting 71.4% hitting 15-of-21.
The Bulldogs return to action on Monday when they host Coppin State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference showdown. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m., immediately following the women’s contest in a 5:30 p.m. start.