NORFOLK, Va. -- Mastadi Pitt scored 17 points, making 9 of 10 at the free throw line, as Norfolk State defeated a stubborn Coppin State 75-67 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams Wednesday night.
Norfolk State led 36-26 right after halftime, but Coppin State refused to go away. The Eagles fought to within 39-38 when Cedric Council Jr. drove for a layup and converted the 3-point play after being fouled. Council then found Lamar Morgan for a 3-pointer to tie at 41-41.
The Spartans twice built the lead back to 11 points but Morgan struck with another 3 to bring the Eagles within 65-62 with 2:01 to go.
Preston Bungei and Adam Long scored on either side of a Coppin State turnover, with Long's dunk staking Norfolk State to a 69-62 lead and the team made six of eight free throws from there.
Long added 10 points for the Spartans.
Morgan led all scorers with 22 points with six 3-pointers and Karonn Davis added 13.
James is the highest-ranked prospect to commit to the Vols under Rick Barnes and the highest overall since Tobias Harris in 2010.
Five-star point guard Josiah James, ranked No. 20 in the ESPN 100, has committed to Tennessee over Clemson, Duke and Michigan State.
Jim Calhoun, who has a career record of 873-380 and led UConn to three national titles before retiring in 2012, has been hired as coach at Saint Joseph.
|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|