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.