NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State will play its second-to-last home game of the year and finish up a three-game homestand when the Spartan men’s basketball team hosts UMES on Monday night. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at Joseph Echols Hall.
Winners of five in a row and seven of the last eight, the Spartans carry a 16-9 record into the matchup, including 9-1 in MEAC play. The contest will mark the second of just five games NSU will play in February.
The game will be broadcast live on Star 1310 AM and Hot 91.1 FM with Ross Gordon and Terrell Ducre’ on the call. Live audio is available through the Star 1310 website as well as through the Hot 91.1 website. Both feeds are available on smartphones through the Star 1310 website or through www.TuneIn.com or the TuneIn Radio App (search for “WNSB”) for Hot 91.1.
NSU has won seven in a row over the Hawks, pushing its all-time record against UMES to 42-16. The Spartans have won 23 of the last 25 meetings dating back to the 2001-02 season. UMES is also NSU’s oldest rivalry among all MEAC schools, as the teams first met in 1953-54.
The Hawks have dropped two in a row to Howard and Hampton to fall to 6-4 in league play and 13-12 overall. UMES, though, remains a dangerous team. It is led by Michael Myers, who tallies team bests of 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds. He has also gotten to the free throw line 224 times in 25 games. Devin Martin (13.0 points), Devon Walker (10.0) and Ryan Andino (7.2) also score, and all three shoot better than 40 percent from 3-point range. As a team, UMES shoots better than 44 percent overall and 38 percent from long range. Opposing teams have hit better than 45 percent against the Hawks, who also turn the ball over nearly 15 and a half times per game.
Last Time Out
After more than 40 fouls and 40 turnovers combined between the two teams, Norfolk State finally edged past Howard by a 72-69 score on Saturday at Echols Hall. The Spartans were up by 10 in the first half and 11 in the second, but both times Howard made runs to climb back. A 14-3 spurt late in the game tied it up at 63-all, but NSU pulled ahead by five. The Spartans sank 5-of-10 from the free throw line in the last few minutes of the contest, allowing Howard’s James Daniel to get a clean look at a 3-pointer in the last second of play. His shot clanked off the iron, keeping the Spartans a game behind N.C. Central in the MEAC standings. RaShid Gaston led the way with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while D’Shon Taylor also tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. Malik Thomas added 16 points for the Spartans.
Originally Posted By NSUSpartans.com