PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Malcolm Hawkins scored 14 points and Norfolk State overcame a slow start to beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 63-58 Saturday in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup.
Norfolk State shot just 17.2 percent (5 for 29) in the first half and trailed at halftime 22-15.
The Spartans improved in the second half, shooting 47.1 percent (16 for 34), including 7 of 12 from deep.
Norfolk State started the second half on a 23-10 run to take a 38-32 lead with 11:04 remaining.
After Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-13, 0-2) cut the lead to two, 56-54, with less than 2 minutes to play, the Hawks made just one field goal the rest of the way and the Spartans converted three baskets to seal the victory.
Kevin Mays finished with a double-double, leading the Hawks with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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|