SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Zaquavian Smith scored 20 points and was wide open to throw down an authoritative two-handed dunk with 11 seconds remaining and Savannah State fended off South Carolina State 92-88 Saturday night.
Zach Sellers led Savannah State with 29 points, hitting 10 of 16 shots and sinking all seven of his free throws. Joseph Collins added 10 points for the Tigers (5-14, 2/3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
Ozante Fields scored 16 points to lead five South Carolina State players into double-digit scoring. Lavar Harewood and Damni Applewhite scored 14 apiece, Allen Hatchett, Jr. 13 and Jahmari Etienne 10.
Savannah State led by as many as 13 points and for nearly the entire game. South Carolina State, which trailed by as many as 10 three times in the second half, cut the gap to 72-71 on a Janai Raynor-Powell 3-pointer with 8:49 remaining. From there, it was largely a one-possession game.
S.C. State (4-18, 2-4) closed to 90-88 on an Applewhite dunk with 1:13 remaining, but missed its last three shots.
Perry scores 34 to carry Stetson over W. Illinois 77-75
Rob Perry had 34 points as Stetson narrowly defeated Western Illinois 77-75 on Saturday night.
Smith, Cowan spark No. 7 Maryland's rally past Rhode Island
Jalen Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Anthony Cowan Jr. scored all 14 of his points in the second half and turnover-prone No. 7 Maryland overcame a sloppy start and a double-digit deficit, beating Rhode Island 73-55 on Saturday night.
Williams leads Murray St. past Southern U. 69-49
KJ Williams had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lift Murray State to a 69-49 win over Southern on Saturday night.