Norfolk St. 78, SC State 72

Malcolm Hawkins and Rob Johnson combined for 41 points Monday

night as Norfolk State beat South Carolina State 78-72 in a matchup

between Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams.

Hawkins had 21 points and five rebounds while Johnson posted 20

points and seven boards for Norfolk State (5-5, 2-0), which has won

three-straight after losing its previous four games.

Rashid Gaston came off the bench to pull down nine rebounds for

the Spartans, who held a 43-41 rebounding edge.

Norfolk State led 40-28 at halftime behind a 14-of-34 shooting

performance – including five 3-pointers. The Spartans held South

Carolina State to just 26.5 percent (9 of 34) during the frame.

South Carolina State (4-3, 0-1) improved to 45.5 percent (15 of

33) shooting after intermission but Norfolk State hit 15 of 24 free

throws in the second half to pull away.

Darryl Palmer led South Carolina State with 19 points.