Savannah Holds Off Rattlers In 93-88 Shootout

SAVANNAH, Ga. (Jan. 14) – The FAMU Rattlers had five players score in double figures but it wasn’t quite enough to reel in the high-flying Savannah State Tigers, which held off their guests for a 93-88 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory at Tiger Arena Saturday night.
Saturday’s game got off to a torrid pace early, as the two clubs combined for 95 first half points and 18 three-pointers (Savannah, 10; FAMU, 8), with the homestanding Tigers claiming a 48-47 halftime edge.
FAMU shot 48.6 percent from the floor, and 8-of-19 from distance in the first half, while Savannah shot 45.2 from the field and was 10-of-26 from long range.
The game came down to free throws in the second half, as Savannah State hit 17 of 22 charity tosses, while the Rattlers went to the line just twice (0-2) in the final stanza.
Savannah pulled away midway through the second half, building their lead to 12 points, 78-66 on a layup by Joshua Floyd with 4:08 left, but the Rattlers weren’t done, making one final, desperate push to close on the Tigers.
Marcus Barham and Justin Ravenel sank triples to pull the Rattlers within six points, at 90-84 with 21 seconds left, before Nasir Core’s layup with 12 seconds left cut the Tiger lead to five, 91-86, which was as close as FAMU would come.
Ravenel led FAMU with 19 points, cashing in five of 11 three-point shots. Desmond Williams was next with 18 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Barham with 16 points, including a quartet of triples, to go with his five rebounds and five assists. Brendon Myles added 11 points and seven rebounds, while Craig Bowman finished with 10 points, including a pair of threes.
Dexter McClanahan led all scorers with 21 points for Savannah State (5-12, 2-2 MEAC) with Troyce Manassa adding 20 points, as the pair headed a five-man Tiger group who scored in double figures Saturday evening.

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