NORFOLK, Va. -- Derrik Jamerson Jr. scored 17 points and Norfolk State came from 12-points down at halftime to pull off an 85-77 upset of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference leader Savannah State on Saturday night.
Savannah State beat the Spartans last month in overtime, 104-99 for its first win over Norfolk State as a Division I team. The Spartans now have won 11 of 12 meetings.
Savannah State (13-14, 10-2) still holds a one-game lead over North Carolina A&T atop the MEAC standings with four games left to play. Norfolk State (10-17, 8-4) remains a half-game behind Hampton in fifth place, with a home game with the Pirates scheduled for the regular season finale.
Kyle Williams drilled a 3 with 12:14 left in the game to give the Spartans the lead, 54-53 in the midst of a 12-0 run that saw Norfolk State take a 57-53 lead while holding the Tigers without a field goal for more than five minutes. Norfolk State outscored the Tigers 56-36 over the final 20 minutes.
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|