Published on: Nov. 28, 2016
Thanksgiving Week Basketball Tournament Brings Hoops for the Holidays to Savannah

The inaugural Savannah Invitational basketball tournament brought 14 collegiate teams the Civic Center the week of Thanksgiving 2016 for a pre-season tournament event.
Participating women’s teams and conferences were Auburn University (SEC), Ball State University (MAC), East Carolina University (AAC), Marist College (MAAC), North Carolina A&T (MEAC) and West Virginia University (Big 12).

Participating men’s teams and conferences were University of Akron (MAC), the U.S. Air Force Academy (MWC), East Carolina University (AAC), Florida A&M (MEAC), Georgia Southern University (Sunbelt), Mercer University (SoCon), Radford University (Big South) and Stetson (Atlantic Sun).

Tournament results were as follows:

Round One on Tuesday, Nov. 22

  • East Carolina University 70 vs. Marist College 68
  • Auburn University 54 vs. Ball State University 40
  • West Virginia University 80 vs. North Carolina A&T 64

Round Two on Wednesday, Nov. 23

  • Ball State 76 vs. North Carolina A&T 57
  • West Virginia University 79 vs. East Carolina University 47
  • Auburn University 52 vs. Marist College 51

Round Three on Thursday, Nov. 24

  • Marist College 69 vs. North Carolina A&T 64
  • East Carolina University 82 vs. Ball State 69
  • West Virginia University 56 vs. Auburn University 52

Round Three on Friday, Nov. 25

  • Radford University 80 vs. Stetson College 66
  • Georgia Southern University 83 vs. Florida A&M 72
  • Mercer University 70 vs. East Carolina University 66
  • University of Akron 84 vs. Air Force 75

Final Round on Saturday, Nov. 26

  • Stetson College 98 vs. Florida A&M 90
  • Georgia Southern University 65 vs. Radford University 64
  • East Carolina University 70 vs. Air Force 63
  • University of Akron 65 vs. Mercer University 63


The tournament was sponsored by The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Old Town Trolley Tours, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Savannah Magazine, The Savannah Morning News, the Savannah Sports Council, Visit Savannah and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.

For information on next year’s event, visit

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