|Spartans pull away late to defeat Tigers||< All News|
|Friday, March 14, 2014|
NORFOLK, Va. --- Norfolk State got a game-high 20 points from Pendarvis Williams and some deft free throw shooting down the stretch to pull away to a 57-47 win over Savannah State, the fifth seed, in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament at the Norfolk Scope.
The Spartans (18-13), the No. 4 seed, advance to the semifinal round and will face the No. 1 seed North Carolina Central Eagles on Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m.
The game featured limited possessions, few fast breaks and full use of the shot clock. The Spartans took a 24-23 lead at the half on the scoring of Williams and Brandon Goode, who each had six points.
The pace of the continued to be methodical until Norfolk State got some breathing room on a 13-0 run over a seven-minute stretch to open the game’s biggest lead at 46-32 at the 5:21 mark. Williams accounted for seven of the rally points.
But the scrappy Tigers refused to go away and manufactured a 12-4 spurt that cut the deficit to 50-44 with 1:46 remaining. Jyles Smith and Alante Fenner accounted for 10 of the points between them.
From there, Norfolk State put the game away from the free-throw line, converting seven-of-eight, while limiting the Tigers to only three points.
Williams hit on 7-of-11 from the floor and was a perfect, five-for-five from the free throw line. Goode added 10 points while RaShid Gaston scored seven and grabbed 10 rebounds.