Murphy scores 18 as Spartans beat Eagles

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP)—Tony Murphy hit six crucial free throws down the stretch and finished with 21 points as Norfolk State defeated Coppin State 65-60 Saturday night.

The Spartans (5-8, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) broke open a close game with a 13-2 run over the final seven minutes of the first half to take a 33-23 lead at the break.

Norfolk State continued to pour it on early in the second half, stretching the lead to 49-28 on Murphy’s 3-pointer with 13:31 left. But the Eagles (3-12, 0-2) rallied, cutting the margin to 57-56 on Tywain McKee’s 3-pointer with 3:12 remaining.

Murphy sank six consecutive foul shots over the next 2:26 to build the lead to 63-56 with 21 seconds left, and the Eagles could get no closer than four the rest of the way.

Murphy was only 4-of-15 from the field but was perfect on 10 free-throw attempts.

Corey Lyons added 12 points and Michael DeLoach scored 10 for the Spartans.

McKee led Coppin State with 19 points and Antwan Harrison scored 17.

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T. McKee T. McKee
6-13,  19 Pts
3 Rebs, 4 Assists
 Norfolk St.
C. Lyons C. Lyons
4-10,  12 Pts
3 Rebs, 4 Assists

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