NORFOLK, Va. -- Kalin Fisher scored 23 points and Malique Trent-Street scored 19 with 10 rebounds and Hampton beat Norfolk State 74-71 on Thursday night to claim a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Hampton (17-14, 12-4) and Norfolk State (13-18, 11-5) entered the night in a five-way tie for first with Bethune-Cookman, North Carolina A&T and Savannah State.
Bethune-Cookman (18-13, 12-4) and Savannah State (15-16, 12-4) won Thursday to claim a share of the regular-season title with Hampton while North Carolina A&T (18-13, 11-5) lost. The top three seeds get byes to the conference tournament.
Mastadi Pitt scored Norlfolk State's last seven points with a jumper, a tip-in and a 3-pointer with 3:37 left and Norfolk State led 71-66. But Jermaine Marrow's basket a minute later started an 8-0 Pirates run and Norfolk State missed its last five shots and committed three turnovers.
Steven Whitley led Norfolk State with 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting and Pitt finished with 10 points.
Watts is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the country and looks to develop his game coached by Tom Izzo.
Rocket Watts, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2019 class, has committed to Michigan State.
UNC Wilmington will open its preseason basketball practices at North Carolina due to lingering effects of Hurricane Florence.
|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|