South Carolina State uses big first-half lead to outlast Savannah State 56-53

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      SAVANNAH, Georgia — South Carolina State built a 20-point halftime lead then held on to edge Savannah State 56-53 on Saturday night.

      Savannah State was within four points, 54-50, after Demarcus Bryant's 3-pointer with 1:18 left. Terel Hall added a free throw with 10 seconds left and missed a second that Brian Pearson was able to put back to get within a point with two seconds left. South Carolina State's Greg Mortimer scored on the game's final play.

      Mortimer led the Bulldogs (10-17, 7-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) with 11 points and Tashombe Riley added 10.

      Hall led the Tigers (6-18, 2-8) with 18 points.

      South Carolina State shot 43.9 percent to Savannah State's 32.8 but the Tigers had a 44-33 rebounding edge, including 19 offensive boards, and took one more shot than the Bulldogs.

      The Bulldogs were only 18 of 28 from the free-throw line but the Tigers were just 11 of 23.

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