NORFOLK, Va. -- Mastadi Pitt scored 17 points, making 9 of 10 at the free throw line, as Norfolk State defeated a stubborn Coppin State 75-67 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams Wednesday night.
Norfolk State led 36-26 right after halftime, but Coppin State refused to go away. The Eagles fought to within 39-38 when Cedric Council Jr. drove for a layup and converted the 3-point play after being fouled. Council then found Lamar Morgan for a 3-pointer to tie at 41-41.
The Spartans twice built the lead back to 11 points but Morgan struck with another 3 to bring the Eagles within 65-62 with 2:01 to go.
Preston Bungei and Adam Long scored on either side of a Coppin State turnover, with Long's dunk staking Norfolk State to a 69-62 lead and the team made six of eight free throws from there.
Long added 10 points for the Spartans.
Morgan led all scorers with 22 points with six 3-pointers and Karonn Davis added 13.
Texas junior guard Andrew Jones is a limited participant in practice as he continues to regain strength following his diagnosis of leukemia, coach Shaka Smart said Monday.
Four-star point guard Jalen Gaffney made a verbal commitment to UConn on Monday, giving the Huskies their second ESPN 100 guard in the past two weeks.
Watts is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the country and looks to develop his game under coach Tom Izzo's tutelage.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|