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The Tuskegee News, December 9, 2010, Page B-1 V- Four Golden Tigers on 2010 A..-SIAC football team Anderson Four Tuskegee Unversity players have been selected to the 2010 All- SIAC football team selected by the SIAC Football Coaches Association. It was the first time in years that theGolden Tigers did not have a first team selection with all four on the second team. Selected from Tuskegee were: Nykeem Barton, senior running back from Brewton; Danny Anderson, senior defen- sive lineman from Butler; Isaiah Person, junor linebacker from Auburn; and Ronald Smith, defen- sive back from Birmingham. The team is led by Albany State quar- terback Stanley Jennings and Morehouse defensi;ce lineman Derrin Nettles: Jennings, a native from Marietta, Barton BartonGa., finished the regular season with a league-lead- ing 2,202 yards of total offense, including 2,066 passing yards. Jennings also led the SIAC in almost every major passing catego- ry, including pasging yards (2,066), yards per game (206.6), and touch- downs with 23. The 6-2 junior cur- rently ranks second in the nation in passing efficiency with a rating of 170.6. For his efforts, Jennings was named SIAC Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year. Nettles, named SIAC Defensive Player of the Year, led the SIAC with Person 24.5 tackles for loss which currently leads the "nation. The 6- 3, 300-pound senior also ranks sec- ond in the nation' with six forced fumbles and second in the SIAC with nine sacks. He finished the regular season with 54 total tack- les, including 32 solo. Head Coach Mike White was named Coach of the Year after leading Albany State to a per- fectl0-0 record in the regular sea- son. He led the Golden Rams to their first conference title since 2006.  Lane College quarterback Tahj Dent was named Freshman of the Year. The 5-11 Akron, Ohio native led Smith the Dragons with 1,153 yards of total offense, 625 passing yards, and 528 rushing yards. He also finished with nine touch- downs, including five rushing and four passing. Conference champion Albany State led the way with 13 selec- tions, including eight first-team selections, followed by Morehouse with 10 and Fort Valley State with eight. Golden Tigers lose SIAC outing TU News Bureau played Albany State on even 33 points total. Starter Aaron Two stretches of poor play, one in the first half and anoth- er in the opening minutes of the second half, proved to be the Tuskegee Unviersity Golden Tigers undoing Saturday night a s they suf- fered a 65-59 SIAC road bas- ketball loss to Albany State. The Golden Tigers took an early 4-0 lead before the score was tied 7-all at 12:54 of the first half. At thatpoint, they went into an offensive funk that allowed Albany State to go on a 12-1 run and build an 11- point lead with 8:34 left in the period, which they were never able to overcome. During that stretch, the Golden Tigers committed four turnovers, and they were @for 3 from the field. Their only points came when they made one-of-two free throws at the 11:32 mark. In the meantime, the Golden Rams were 5-for-7 from the field and controlled both back- boards. They had two offensive rebounds and didn't allow the Golden Tigers to have any sec- ond-chance opportunities. The Golden Tigers recovered .from that bad stretch and terms for the remainder of the half. They cut the lead to five points twice and trailed 34-25 after the first 20 minutes. The Golden Rams shot 50 percent (5-for-10) from three-point range in the first to hold on to the lead. Albany State went on a 13-6 spurt to start the second half for a 16-point lead with 10:04 left. The Golden Tigers mount- ed a furious rally down the st.retch, butwere never able to, recapture the lead. They cut Albany State's advantage to two points, 61-59, when Lorell Friend made one of two free throws with 40 seconds remaining to be played. Albany State closed the game out at the free throw line, making four consecutive foul shots. The defeat dropped the Golden Tigers to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the SIAC. Albany State is 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Friend, who had a team-high 21 points in the Golden Tiger' previous game -- a home win against Clark Atlanta -- spearheaded a strong offensive showing for the Golden Tigers bench with a team-high 20 points. The bench contributed Ragsdale had a double:double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Ragsdale's work on the boards led a strong rebounding effort by the Tigers, who had a 42-28 edge on the glass. Their rebounding in the second half, particularly on the offensive end where they had 12, enabled them to cut into Albany State's lead. The 12 offensive rebounds led to 14 second chance points ixl the sec- ond half for the Golden Tigers after they only had one in the first 20 minutes. Turnovers were a major prob- lem for the Golden Tigers throughout the game as they committed 24, which Albany State converted into 22 points. Twelve came in the second half and led to 12 points for the Golden Rams and offset the Golden Tigers' offensive rebounding efforts. The Golden Tigers' next game is an SIAC matchup against Claflin in Orangeburg, S.C., on December 14. They will play their final contest before break- ing for Christmas whe n they face Florida Southern in a non- conference contest in Lakeland, Fla., on December 20. Tigerettes TU News Bureau - ,ffer road setback The Tuskegee University women's basketball team's modest two-game winning streak came to a screeching halt Saturday, December 4, in their 67-48 SIAC road loss to Albany State. The point total was the lowest for the Tigerettes in 26 games, dating to their 76-43 loss to Georgia College last December. The Tigerettes, playing on the road for the first time this year, shot a season-worst 29.8 per- cent (17-for-57) from the field, including 25 percent (2-for8) from three-point range. In addi- tion to their shooting woes, the Tigerettes committed 22 turnovers, and they were outre- bounded 49-36. Subs Jennifer Anoka, who scored 12 points, and Nnenna Eze, who had 12, led the Tigerettes in scoring. Each shot 4-for-9 from the field. Offensive rebounding was about the only bright spot for the Tigerettes, who fell to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the SIAC. They had 12 offensive boards, which led to 12 second chance points. The Tigerettes' defense forced 20 turnovers, but they were unable to capitalize on them because of their poor shooting. They converted the turnovers into 12 points compared t.o the 25 points that Albany State scored off the turnovers it forced. Albany State's perimeter scor- ing gave the Tigerettes fits. Guard Kourtney Alexander scored 22 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Alexander had three three-pointers among her bas- kets. Forward Callie Hamilton was 5-for-7 from the field and scored 11 points. Symone Wilkerson, another guard, was 6-for-9 from the field -- 3-for-4 on three-pointers -- with 15 points. The Tigerettes never led after. the first five minutes of the' game. Albany State went on a 24-9 run starting at the 15:51 mark of the first half to take control of the game. The Tigerettes made a push and cut the lead to under10 points three times before the half ended, but they were behind by 12 points, 36-24 after the first 20 minutes. Matters did not improve in the second half for the Tigerettes. They crept within eight points of the lead in the first three minutes, cutting the lead to 38-30 with 17:39 left in the game when Amelia Dorton made the first of two free throws. Dorton missed the second foul shot, and Albany State got the rebound. The Tigerettes got a stop on Albany State possession as Alexander missed a three: pointer. However, Taccara Bivins grabbed the offensive rebound. Hamilton missed a jumper, but Albany State got another offensive rebound, this time by Beneidra Colbert. Hamilton then buried a jumper. Albany State went on to build its lead to 23 points. The Tigerettes' next contest is an SIAC game against Claflin in Orangeburg, S.C., on December 14, their last outing before the Christmas break. They will participate in the West Florida Tournament in Pensacola, Fla., December 30" 31. They open the tournament against West Florida and play the University of the District of Columbia in the second round. ..  . .. Photo courtesy South Carolina Press Association Auburn University quarterback Cam Newton (2) races away from a South Carolina defender during AU's 56-17 victory over the Gamecocks in the SEC Championship Game Saturday, December 4 in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Newton was the game's MVP after Passing for four touchdowns and rushing for two more TDs as the Tigers finished the regular season13-0 and ranked number one in the country. They will face Oregon January 10 for the BCS National Championship. Newton will be in New York City Saturday for pres- entation of the Heisman Trophy for which he is a heavy favorite. Nine Golden Tigers picked for HBCU Bowl contest Nine Tuskegee University Golden Tigershave been selected to play in the Russell Athletic HBCU Bowl, scheduled for December 18, 2010 at I p.m. CST in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. TU participants are: Nykeem Barton, running back, Brewton Antoine Mitchell, wide receiver, Atlanta Joshua Harris, quarterback, Mobile Ronald Smith, defensive back, Birmingham Kelvin Robbins, linebacker, Birmingham Danny Anderson, defensive end, Butler Darin Barnes, defensive end, Milledgeville, Ga. Brian King, linebacker, Atlanta Michael Stevens, offensive line, Montgomery. The Russell Athletic HBCU Bowl was created for the HBCU Football Student Athlete as a reward for outstanding work.that senior players have dis- played throughout their collegiate career. It has also been developed as a tool for these players to display their talent against the best HBCU football players in the country, in front of 32 NFL professional teams and personnel, along with the CFL and UFL. NFL scouts will administer the HBCU Bowl work- out combine on Monday morning, December 13 at the Georgia Dome and the HBCU Bowl banquet is that Monday evening at the Georgia Aquarium Ballroom. ' Practice sessions during the week will be held at Clark Atlanta University facilities. l