NORFOLK, Va. -- Pendarvis Williams finished with 20 points, including six of Norfolk State's last nine, as the Spartans outlasted Morgan State 73-71 Monday night for its fifth straight win.
After a Williams 3-pointer gave Norfolk State (11-10, 6-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) a 51-39 lead, two Cedric Blossom free throws ignited an 18-4 run for Morgan State over the next 7 minutes to give the Bears just their second lead of the game, 57-55.
Norfolk State retook the lead and pushed their advantage to six, 64-58, with 2:52 left to play. From there, Morgan State (5-10, 2-2) twice sliced the deficit to two points but could not overtake the Spartans.
Morgan State outshot Norfolk State 48.1 percent (25 of 52) to 43.3 percent (26 of 60) but made just 17 of 26 free throws and committed 29 turnovers.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to College Park for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|