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NSU Men’s Basketball wins NCAA opener, face Gonzaga Saturday, tickets available today

Norfolk State guard Daryl Anderson (13) reacts after his team’s defeat of Appalachian State in a First Four game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 18, 2021, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

The Spartans are still dancing!

The Norfolk State men’s basketball team defeated Appalachian State 54-53 Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament First Four, earning a date with No. 1 overall seed and unbeaten Gonzaga at 9:20 ET Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The game will be televised live on TBS.

As with the First Four game, the NSU Ticket Center will have tickets available for purchase for the first-round game with Gonzaga. Tickets are on sale beginning at 9:30 a.m. today, Friday, March 19, online at Tickets must be purchased in units of two. Those who buy will receive a mobile ticket for the game. The deadline to purchase tickets is 5 p.m. Friday.
Echols Hall Watch Party
NSU will also host another watch party for Saturday’s game at Echols Hall. The event is open to NSU students, faculty, and staff with their campus ID. Attendance is limited to 250 spectators due to Commonwealth of Virginia COVID-19 guidelines.

Students, faculty, and staff with valid NSU ID interested in attending may pick up a ticket from the NSU Ticket Center between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be claimed today.

There will be a small allotment of watch party tickets for alumni, which can be picked up from the Melvin and Patricia Stith Alumni House at 2426 Corprew Avenue starting at 11 a.m. on Friday. These tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Doors to Echols Hall open at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. NSU students, faculty, and staff must show their ticket, ID,

and the daily campus electronic COVID-19 screening approval notification before entering.

Fans will have the opportunity to win prizes and receive promotional giveaways. Refreshments will be provided by Thompson Hospitality.