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Maryland-Eastern Shore vs Norfolk State

Norfolk St tops Eastern Shore 78-74 in MEAC opener


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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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
S.C. State0-03-3301
Florida A&M0-03-4254
Savannah St.0-03-4167
Coppin St.0-02-3252
Morgan St.0-02-4198
Md.-E. Shore0-01-4333
N.C. Central0-01-4269
Norfolk St.0-01-4283
Delaware St.0-00-6331
N.C. A&T0-00-7300