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.
Teske gets lucky bounce on 3-pointer
Michigan center Jon Teske puts up a 3-pointer that bounces off the back and front of the rim and still goes in.
Howard in question as Marquette hosts Providence
Marquette proved it could win a Big East game without Markus Howard. The Golden Eagles may need to do that again when they host Providence on Saturday afternoon.
White weaves through defenders for score
UNC's Coby White makes some slick moves in between defenders, then drives to the rim for an easy lay-in.
|North Carolina A&T||4-0||0.5||9-9|
|North Carolina Central||3-1||1.5||8-10|
|South Carolina State||2-2||2.5||4-16|