NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State men’s basketball team will play its first game at home this season and give fans their first official glimpse of the new state-of-the-art Daktronics video board on Sunday night when the Spartans host Shenandoah University at 6 p.m. at Joseph Echols Hall.
The game will be broadcast live on Star 1310 AM as well as Hot 91.1 FM with Ross Gordon and Julee O’Neal on the call. Live audio is available through www.star1310.com as well as hot91.nsu.edu:8000/128. 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.
This will mark the first ever meeting between Norfolk State and Shenandoah University, a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).
About Shenandoah University
The Hornets will open their season on Sunday at NSU, although the game will only count as an exhibition for Shenandoah and not go toward their regular season record. They are coming off a 6-20 season last year but do return senior guard and their top scorer from last year, Malcolm Clark. He averaged 18.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game a season ago, the only player to score in double figures for head coach Rob Pryor. Shenandoah did lose its next two top scorers in Aaron Patterson (9.7) and Antwan Pittman (9.2). The Hornets also have a contest against another MEAC opponent in Howard in mid-December.
Last Time Out
Norfolk State made SEC-member Mississippi State sweat it out, but the Bulldogs were able to overcome the Spartans in a 78-74 win on Friday night in Starkville. MSU never led by more than 12 in the season opener for both teams and only had a one-possession lead in the final minute. The Spartans, down to just nine players, got to within two with less than 10 seconds remaining. Mario Kegler, though, hit two free throws with 6.6 seconds left to ice the win. NSU got a pair of big performances from Zaynah Robinson (career-high 21 points with five assists and three steals) and Jonathan Wade (career highs of 18 points and 12 boards). NSU shot only slightly worse than MSU (46.7 percent compared to 45.6 percent for the Spartans), but the Bulldogs connected on 11-of-23 from 3-point range to account for the scoring difference.
Norfolk State was attempting to win its first-ever game against an SEC school on Friday (the 2012 NCAA tournament win over current SEC member Missouri came when the Tigers were in the Big 12). NSU nearly pulled it off against Mississippi State despite having just nine of 13 players available, including three out due to injury. The Spartans held the lead for eight and a half minutes in the game and even cut a 12-point deficit down to two late in the contest thanks to a 12-2 run.
Something New and Shiny
After opening the season at Mississippi State on Friday, Norfolk State will play its first home game on Sunday. It will also mark the official debut of the arena’s brand new video board. The $1.6 million system includes a four-sided, high-definition video board display, nine new HD scorer’s tables, four single-sided LED scoreboard displays, and brand new speakers and amplifiers throughout the arena.
The entire centerhung display, which includes an LED lower ring, measures 11 feet tall by 20.5 feet wide. The main video display stands eight feel wide by 16.5 feet tall on each side. Illuminated channel lettering featuring the words Norfolk State with 12-inch high letters also sit atop the displays.
Originally published at nsuspartans.com