SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Tracy Rankins came off the bench to score 24 points and help Savannah State hold off North Florida 75-60 Sunday.
The Ospreys, playing their season opener, made up a 15-point deficit with a furious second-half rally to lead 51-48. North Florida couldn't sustain the momentum, though, as Savannah State went on an 18-2 run to seal the victory. Rankins, who scored 12 points during the Tigers' surge, was 11-of-13 from the free-throw line.
Rashad Hassan chipped in 20 points for Savannah State on 7-of-9 shooting and had seven rebounds.
North Florida shot only 25 percent (7 of 28) in the first half, improving to 36.8 percent (21 of 57) for the game.