Maryland-Eastern Shore vs Norfolk State

Norfolk St tops Eastern Shore 78-74 in MEAC opener


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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Pendarvis Williams scored 22 points and fourth-seeded Norfolk State pulled out a 78-74 win over 13th-seeded Maryland-Eastern Shore in the first-round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament on Monday after losing a 23-point second-half lead.

The Spartans (18-13), who will play fifth-seeded Savannah State on Thursday in the quarterfinals, were ahead 65-49 with 8:50 remaining when the Hawks (6-24) put together a 10-0 run to get back in the game. They eventually tied the game twice, the last when Troy Snyder made two free throws, came with 1:49 to play.

After RaShid Gaston hit 1 of 2 free throws to put Norfolk State ahead 75-74, UMES had two turnovers. Then Williams grabbed an offensive rebound and cashed in two free throws with 6 seconds left. Marese Phelps iced it with a free throw.

Gaston and Malcolm Hawkins had 17 points each for the Spartans. Hakeem Baxter had 21 for the Hawks.

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MEAC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Morgan St.4-17-11330
Coppin St.4-15-15332
N.C. Central3-112-6202
Savannah St.4-27-12323
Hampton3-26-12321
Norfolk St.3-26-13311
S.C. State2-25-12259
Howard2-25-14333
Delaware St.2-35-15318
Florida A&M2-34-14348
Beth.-Cook.2-45-14347
Md.-E. Shore1-34-15289
N.C. A&T0-61-18350