SAVANNAH, Ga. – Graduate guard Bryeasha Blair poured in 27 points and junior guard Kemoni Jenkins added 14 to lift South Carolina State to a 71-60 win over Savannah State Saturday, give Coach Doug Robertson’s team its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference road win.
Kerry Watson and Esther Udonsi had seven points each in the victory raised the Lady Bulldog record to 8-14 overall and 3-6 in the league.
Udonsi led South Carolina State on the boards with seven rebounds.
“It (road MEAC win) was long-awaited,” said Robertson, referencing his team’s first conference win away from the confines of S-H-M Memorial Center. “We played well enough to win and finished the game strong by avoiding the late-game miscues that have hurt us.”
“They (the Lady Tigers) gave us some problems on the board as their length made a big difference. Although we lost the rebounding battle (40-32), we got most of the 50-50 balls for a change. It’s a great win for our team and certainly one that we needed.”
The Lady Bulldogs, down 34-31 at the half, outscored the host 23-12 in the third period to build a 54-46 lead after three quarters and seizing control of the contest. Udonsi opened the final period with a 3-pointer, pushing the SC State advantage to 57-46 before Savannah State used an 8-3 spree to close the gap to 60-54 with 6:10 to play.
The Lady Bulldogs responded, tallying nine of the next 12 points to go ahead 69-57 on a 3-pointer by Blair, her third of the game, with just under one minute remaining, sealing the pivotal win for SC State.
The first half, which ended with the host Lady Tigers ahead 34-31, was closely contested with six lead changes and seven ties. SC State led 16-15 after one as Blair had nine of her total in the opening period. The Lady Tigers came back to outscore the Lady Bulldogs 19-15 in the second to take a 34-31 cushion to the locker room.
Savannah State, which has yet to win a home league game, was paced by Kaylee Allen with 26 points, including a 5-11 performance from beyond the arc. Alexxus added 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in the loss.
The Lady Tigers fell to 3 and 17 overall and 1 and 8 in the league.
SC State returns to action Monday when the Lady Bulldogs host Coppin State in an MEAC doubleheader, beginning at 5:30 p.m.