Bryant’s 29 helps push Norfolk State past Hampton in Battle of the Bay

Courtesy of Alex Lehmbeck, Asst. SID, Norfolk State University 83  Norfolk St. 16-7,5-2 MEAC 71 Hampton 6-18,3-8 CAA Team 1 2 F Norfolk St. 35  48  83 Hampton 36  35  71 NEWARK, N.J. – Rivalry games bring a chance for players to elevate their game in high pressure moments, and Norfolk State guard Joe Bryant Jr. has seized those opportunities this season. After willing the Spartans to victory in December’s Battle of the Bay against Hampton, Bryant led his team to a sweep of the Pirates on Saturday with a season-high 29 points. Bryant was…

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Norfolk State gets by N.C. Central, 77-71

Courtesy of Alex Lehmbeck, Asst. SID, Norfolk State Atheltics 71 NCCU 77  Norf Team 1 2 F NCCU 27  44  71 Norf 34  43  77 NORFOLK, Va. – Dana Tate Jr. scored 21 points in front of over 3,000 passionate Spartans fans on Monday evening at Echols Hall, leading Norfolk State to a 77-71 victory over the visiting North Carolina Central Eagles. Tate, who notched his second consecutive game scoring over 20 points, shot 7-of-11 from the floor and made five 3-pointers in his offensive outburst. Cahiem Brown paced the Spartans on the glass with…

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Norfolk State gets win over South Carolina State, 82-68

Courtesy of Alex Lehmbeck, Asst. SID, Norfolk State Athletics 68 SCSt 82  Norf Team 1 2 F SCSt 33  35  68 Norf 38  44  82 NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State men’s basketball team bounced back from Monday’s road loss with a comfortable home win over South Carolina State on Saturday. After a neck-and-neck first half, the Spartans pulled away for an 82-68 victory. Joe Bryant Jr. led the way for the home squad, nearly earning the third double-double of his career with a 23-point, nine-rebound performance. Dana Tate Jr.followed closely behind, scoring 21…

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Late free throws seal win for Norfolk State over Howard

Title image via Niya Grant Photography Courtesy of Alex Lehmbeck, Asst. SID, Norfolk State Athletics 86  Howard 9-10,2-1 MEAC 84 Norfolk St. 12-6,2-1 MEAC Team 1 2 F Howard 37  49  86 Norfolk St. 46  38  84 NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State’s 19-game home win streak came to an end on Saturday night at Echols Hall, falling 86-84 to Howard on three free throws in the final two seconds of regulation. Norfolk State’s Joe Bryant Jr. used the glass gracefully for an acrobatic go-ahead basket in with 1.4 seconds left to play, but an ensuing…

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MEAC Hoops: Norfolk State opens up a can on Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 85-60

Title image via Niya Grant Courtesy of Alex Lehmbeck, Asst. SID, Norfolk State Athletics 60 PSUWB 85  Norf Team 1 2 F PSUWB 21  39  60 Norf 40  45  85 NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State men’s basketball opened the new year in commanding fashion, dominating both ends of the floor in an 85-60 win over Penn State Wilkes-Barre at Echols Hall on Wednesday. The Spartans improved to 10-5 on the season heading into conference play. Kris Bankston led the Spartans with an extremely efficient 20-point performance, making eight of his nine shot attempts. Joe…

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Norfolk State takes a donkey-kicking from Alabama, 92-30

Courtesy of Notfolk State Athletics 30 Norf 92  Bama Team 1 2 3 4 F Norf 7  14  3  6  30 Bama 19  25  32  16  92 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. | The Norfolk State University women’s basketball team returned to the court after being off for a week as the Spartans started slow and could not recover in a 92-30 loss to Alabama on Sunday afternoon at Coleman Coliseum.  Norfolk State (9-3), which hadn’t played since a 65-44 road loss last Sunday to Old Dominion, trailed 19-7 at the end of one…

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Norfolk State gets by North Carolina A&T, 70-66

Courtesy of Alex Lehmbeck, Asst. SID, Norfolk state Athletics 70  Norf 66 NCA&T Team 1 2 F Norf 34  36  70 NCA&T 28  38  66 LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Norfolk State survived a late push from North Carolina A&T on Sunday afternoon at the Boost Mobile HBCU Challenge Hosted by Chris Paul, defeating the Aggies 70-66 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Dana Tate Jr. propelled the Spartans to their third straight victory, hitting six 3-pointers en route to a career-best 24 points. NSU finished the event 2-0 for the weekend, and also secured…

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Norfolk State to face former MEAC foes in Boost Mobile HBCU Challenge hosted by Chris Paul

Courtesy of Alex Lehmbeck, Asst. SID, Norfolk State Athletics NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State men’s basketball team faces two familiar opponents this weekend, but in unfamiliar territory. MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. will play host to the 2022 Boost Mobile HBCU Challenge hosted by Chris Paul, where the Spartans (6-4) will battle Hampton (3-7) and North Carolina A&T (4-5). Norfolk State’s matchup with Hampton is set for a 4 p.m. ET tipoff (1 p.m. local) on Saturday, before meeting the Aggies at 2 p.m. on Sunday (11 a.m.…

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Norfolk State women’s hoops laid out by ODU, 65-44

Courtesy of Alex Lehmbeck, Asst. SID 44 Norf 65  ODU Team 1 2 3 4 F Norf 11  6  16  11  44 ODU 15  14  20  16  65 Norfolk State struggled to overcome a poor shooting day paired with foul trouble on Sunday afternoon, falling 65-44 to Old Dominion at Chartway Arena. The loss ended the Spartans’ (9-2) eight-game winning streak, the team’s first defeat in over a month. Camille Downs led the Spartans with 14 points, adding eight rebounds and two steals. Kierra Wheeler grabbed 10 rebounds, her sixth time this season with…

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Norfolk State falls short against ODU, 68-62

Courtesy of Alex Lehmbeck, Asst. SID, Norfolk State Athletics 62 Norf 68  ODU Team 1 2 F Norf 29  33  62 ODU 28  40  68 NORFOLK, Va. – Crosstown rivals Norfolk State and Old Dominion battled neck-and-neck for 40 minutes on Saturday afternoon at Chartway Arena, as ODU came away with a 68-62 victory. Joe Bryant Jr. and Christian Ings powered the Spartan offense in the backcourt all night. Bryant finished the game with a team-high 17 points and six assists, while Ings scored 13 points and dished out a team-best seven assists. Kris Bankston dominated in…

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