NORFOLK, Va. -- Rob Johnson had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Norfolk State beat North Carolina A&M 55-48 to finish its first undefeated regular season in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play on Thursday night.
It was the fourth regular-season undefeated team in MEAC history.
Pendarvis Williams had 16 for the Spartans (21-10, 16-0), who have won 15 in a row.
The Aggies led most of the first half, but the Spartans caught them at 12-all on Williams' free throw with 9:24 left. Norfolk State led 24-21 at halftime.
The Spartans led only 30-29 5:00 into the second half, but they made it 41-32 on Johnson's layup at 10:59. With a nine-point run, Norfolk State pushed its advantage to 48-35 on Williams' jumper with 6:45 remaining and held on for the victory.
Former Michigan point guard Spike Albrecht will play for Purdue as a graduate transfer next season.
Only six major-conference teams have failed to win an NCAA tournament game since the turn of the century. When will each program snap the streak?
Bruce Weber's Kansas State team earned a share of the Big 12 title three years ago, but a lot has changed since then and the pressure is on.
|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|