Week 2 MEAC Men’s Basketball

By Noah Goodin of meacsports.com:

2020-21 MEAC Men’s Basketball Statistics | MEAC Men’s Basketball Weekly Notes
MEAC Men’s Basketball Weekly Honors

MEAC teams will be back in action for the second week of a highly unusual 2020-21 season. This week features a number of intriguing matchups against Power Five schools, some strong mid-majors, and local rivals.

Morgan State will start the week by playing host to CIAA foe Lincoln (Pa.) on Tuesday

On Wednesday, Howard will welcome La Salle to Burr Gymnasium, while South Carolina State will take on in-state rival Clemson and Norfolk State will host cross-town rival Old Dominion for the first time in 50 years. The only other time the Monarchs played at Norfolk State came in 1968-69, a 113-102 win in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional at the old Norfolk State College Gymnasium.

Coppin State visits local foe Towson on Thursday and Drexel on Sunday, while Florida A&M will travel to play South Florida on Friday and Nebraska on Sunday.

North Carolina Central will visit Coastal Carolina on Monday, while Norfolk State will square off with Hampton in the latest addition of the Battle of the Bay. South Carolina State will take on Charlotte.

CJ Keyser of North Carolina Central was named MEAC Player of the Week, presented by Coca-Cola, after pouring in a career-high 33 points in the win over SWAC foe Southern.

Coppin State’s Anthony Tarke and Norfolk State’s J.J. Matthews were named MEAC Co-Defensive Players of the Week. Tarke had a team-high nine boards, two blocks, and five steals a loss to No. 9 Duke. Matthews had a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards in the Spartans win over James Madison.

Kenan Sarvan of Coppin State was named MEAC Rookie of the Week, after scoring 10 points and pulling down eight rebounds for the Eagles.

Norfolk State put the Commonwealth of Virginia on notice by defeating in-state foes James Madison and Radford to open up JMU’s brand new Atlantic Union Bank Center. The first-ever game in the facility will go down in the books as a win for the Spartans.

Only twice in their Division I history have the Spartans started the year 2-0 with wins over D-I opponents — this year and in 1998-99 with victories over McNeese State and Georgia State. This year was the first time NSU defeated two in-state D-I opponents in the same season (not including Hampton) since the Spartans moved to D-I in 1997-98.

MEAC Preseason Player of the Year Kameron Langley had his 20th career double-digit assist game after handing out 11 dimes against Chicago State. He needs just 45 more to become the 82nd player in NCAA history with 700 or more assists in a career.

With their win over Southern, North Carolina Central has now won four consecutive overtime games, continuing a run started last season with three overtime victories. That streak also includes an 83-82 triumph in a double-overtime tilt at South Carolina State on Feb. 29, 2020. 
Tuesday, December 1
Lincoln (Pa.) at Morgan State, 6 p.m.
North Carolina A&T State at Charleston Southern, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 2
LaSalle at Howard, 4 p.m.
South Carolina State at Clemson, 6 p.m.
Old Dominion at Norfolk State, 8 p.m.

Thursday December 3
North Carolina Central at Wofford, 6 p.m.
Coppin State at Towson, 7 p.m.
North Carolina A&T State at The Citadel, 7 p.m.

Friday, December 4
Florida A&M at South Florida, 5 p.m.

Saturday, December 5
South Carolina State at UNC Ashville, 2 p.m.
North Carolina Central at USC Upstate, 6 p.m.

Sunday, December 6
Coppin State at Drexel, 2 p.m.
Florida A&M at Nebraska, 2 p.m.
Bellarmine at Howard, 6 p.m.

Monday, December 7
North Carolina Central at Coastal Carolina, 6 p.m.
South Carolina State at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Hampton at Norfolk State, 7 p.m.

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