Derrik Jamerson Jr. had 14 points for the Spartans (7-16, 5-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who shot 55.6 percent from long distance (10 of 18) and 51 percent from the field. Thomas and Jamerson scored four 3s apiece.
Whitley's layup capped a 10-4 run for a 49-35 Norfolk State lead and the Spartans led by 17 on Jamerson's 3 with 12:31 to go. The Bears gained on a 9-2 run while the Spartans went without a field goal for nearly seven minutes, but trailed 74-65 on Tiwian Kendley's layup with 31 seconds to go and got no closer.
Preston Bungei's 3 put the Spartans up for good, 10-8, Thomas hit back-to-back 3s, and Norfolk State led 39-29 at halftime after shooting 61.5 percent from 3 (8 of 13).
Magic and Larry's battle for the national title
Magic Johnson's Spartans and Larry Bird's Sycamores faced off in the highly anticipated national championship game on March 26, 1979.
Dawkins: Succeeding Coach K at Duke is 'farthest from my mind'
Johnny Dawkins reacts to the speculation that he could be Duke's next head coach, saying that he's not thinking about it at all at this time.
Ranking the top student section moments of March
A half-court shot. Court stormings. And goodbye kisses. We rank the best student section moments of March.
|North Carolina A&T||13-3||1||19-13|
|North Carolina Central||10-6||4||18-16|
|South Carolina State||5-11||9||8-26|