NORFOLK, Va. – A school record 18 3-pointers highlighted a hot-shooting night for the Norfolk State men’s basketball team on Saturday evening at Joseph Echols Hall. The Spartans stayed perfect in the MEAC with an 88-60 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore.
NSU topped the previous school record of 14 3-pointers, set four different times in recent years. The Spartans made 18-of-27 for the night, a Division I school record 66.7 percent clip. It was part of an overall 55 percent shooting performance.
They moved to 7-0 in the league and 12-10 overall. NSU scored its most points in regulation this year against a D-I team despite having just three players in double figures. And all three played a big role in NSU’s hot night from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Mastadi Pitt scored 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting, 4-of-5 from 3-point range, with four rebounds and three assists. Senior Derrik Jamerson Jr. made all four of his 3-pointers as part of a 16-point evening with five boards.
NSU finished with 19 assists on its 28 buckets and outscored the Hawks 15-4 in fastbreak points. Maryland Eastern Shore fell to 3-19 overall and 1-6 in the league.
The Spartans were knocking down 3-pointers from the beginning, which led to an 18-6 advantage seven minutes into the contest. They continued to fall, as long-range shots by Jamerson, Thomas and finally junior Steven Whitley made it 32-15 with 8:13 to go in the first half.
Freshman C.J. Kelly and Pitt each had treys, and Sophomore Kyonze Chavis’ 3-point play with four and a half minutes left made it a 20-point ballgame. The Spartans made 11 3-pointers in the half and went into the locker room up 48-27.
NSU stretched the lead to 27 at the start of the second half. The Hawks did not go quietly, as they used a 21-7 run to cut the Spartan lead to 13, 61-48, with 12:27 on the clock. Whitley ended the run with a trey, and Jamerson and Pitt each had long-range shots to break the school record with nine minutes to go in the game.
The Spartans pushed their advantage back up to 28 a little later in the game thanks to a 12-2 run, and the game later ended at that same margin.
For the Hawks, Ryan Andino shot 7-of-13 to lead the way with 19 points, and Canaan Bartley tallied 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with six rebounds. MDES made 44 percent for the game (23-of-52) and held the advantage in points in the paint at 28-18.