NORFOLK, Va. – After a strong start to the season, Norfolk State will face its first Division I opponent on Monday, with local bragging rights on the line.
The Spartans (2-0) will host Hampton (1-1) in the 141st edition of the Battle of the Bay rivalry at Echols Hall at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13. The series between the programs dates back to the 1958-59 season.
Norfolk State passed its first two tests of the year with flying colors. The Spartans won their fifth straight season-opener on Monday with a 102-55 blowout over Penn State Wilkes-Barre, before cruising past Apprentice School 90-56 on Thursday.
The Pirates lost their first matchup of the year, an intense 92-80 result at Howard’s Burr Gymnasium, but bounced back with a 109-46 victory over Mid-Atlantic Christian.
Monday’s game will be streamed live on HBCU Plus. Radio coverage is available on Hot 91.1 FM (WNSB), with Ross Gordon and Woube Gebre on the call.
- Norfolk State improved to 2-0 on the season with a 90-56 victory against Apprentice School at Echols Hall on Thursday
- Five Spartans scored in double figures against the Builders: Jaylani Darden (12), Chris Fields Jr. (12), Jamarii Thomas (11), Allen Betrand (11), and Christian Ings (10)
- Norfolk State is now 30-1 under head coach Robert Jones when five or more Spartans score in double figures
- Through two games, NSU has outscored its opponents by a combined total of 192-111
- Jamarii Thomas leads the Spartans with 15.5 points per game, while Jaylani Darden has contributed 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest
- Norfolk State leads the all-time series
- NSU has won the last two matchups and four of the last five
- Norfolk State defeated Hampton twice last season, both in neutral site matchups. The Spartans beat the Pirates 78-66 in Las Vegas, Nev. For the Boost Mobile HBCU Challenge, before besting them again 83-71 in Newark, N.J. at the Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic
- Hampton’s last win against NSU came on Dec. 4, 2021, off a game winning shot at the buzzer
- Hampton improved to 1-1 on the season with a 109-46 victory over Mid-Atlantic Christian on Thursday
- Kyrese Mullen led the Pirates with an outrageous 25-point, 18-rebound double-double against Mid-Atlantic
- Hampton opened the season with a 92-80 loss at Howard
- Tedric Wilcox tallied 24 points and three rebounds for the Pirates against the Bison, shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from behind the arc
- The Spartans allowed Howard to shoot 27-of-48 (56.3 percent) from the floor
LOOKING AHEAD TO WHAT’S NEXT
After completing the Battle of the Bay, Norfolk State will leave the contiguous United States for a tropical set of matchups. The Spartans open the 2023 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam against Fordham at 2 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 17.