The Savannah State Tigers fell in first-round NIT action to the Tennessee Volunteers by a score of 65-51. Tennessee took a 32-24 lead at the break and held strong in the second half.
Savannah State's Rashad Hassan led all scorers with 20 points on 9-19 shooting. Preston Blackmon added 14 points for the Tigers. Freshman Jarnell Stokes led Tennessee with 13 points and five rebounds while Josh Richardson and Yemi Makanjuola finished with 10 points each.
Savannah State finished the season with a 21-12 record and losing their last two games. The Tigers were the No. 1 seed in the Mid-Eastern Conference after claiming the regular season crown but was upset in the Conference Tournament by Hampton.
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