FARMVILLE, Va. -- Freshman Rashid Gaston came off the bench to post his first career double-double as Norfolk State defeated Longwood 78-66 Thursday night.
Gaston had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans (2-1), who led 43-29 at halftime.
The Lancers (0-2) cut the deficit to eight points on three occasions in the second half. After a layup by Michael Kessens made it 69-61, Norfolk State hit 9 of 12 free throws to seal the win, with Rob Johnson hitting 6 of 6.
Longwood, which made only 34.4 percent of its field goal attempts in the first half (11 of 32), improved to 47.1 percent (16 of 34) in the second.
Kessens led the Lancers with 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Purdue's 2016-17 prospects got a jolt Wednesday when forward Caleb Swanigan announced he will return for his sophomore season.
Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame says he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school for a final season.
Jeff Goodman logs all the coaching changes following the 2015-16 college basketball season.
|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|