Norfolk State has won four straight and eight of its last nine.
The Spartans led 33-30 at halftime, and later, Ahmad Frost hit a 3 and Maryland-Eastern Shore trailed 54-53 with 10 minutes left. Derrick Jamerson made a 3-pointer, Bryan Gellineau made a layup and Alex Long made 1 of 2 foul shots for a seven-point advantage. Nic Thomas' 3 with 2:26 left made it 70-59 and the Spartans were never threatened.
Norfolk State (12-17, 10-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic) controlled the glass with a 46-32 rebounding advantage -- including 16 on the offensive end -- and shot 28 of 65 (43 percent) from the field.
The rebuilding Wildcats are set to raise the 2018 national championship banner next week -- and also lower expectations for the season to come after multiple NBA departures.
Michigan coach John Beilein can't yell or throw a chest pass yet after his offseason heart surgery, but the coach says he is ready for the upcoming season -- and fully expects to be recovered by that time.
Former Memphis All-American and NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway tipped off his first camp as new coach of the Tigers, and he's "really anxious" to get to work.
|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|