Pendarvis Williams scored five of his team-high 18 points in the final 1:10, and Norfolk State held off Delaware State 60-56 on Saturday to post its first win in Dover, Del., in more than nine years.
Brandon Goode added 16 points and Kris Brown contributed 11 off the bench for the Spartans (18-10, 13-0 MEAC), who won their 12th consecutive game and secured a first-round bye in the MEAC tournament, scheduled to take place close to home at Norfolk's Scope Center, March 11-16.
Norfolk State also logged its first victory at Delaware State's Memorial Hall since defeating the Hornets on Jan. 26, 2004, in an 82-80 contest that went to overtime.
The latest installment of this conference series was also a nail-biter. Norfolk State led by 17 points early in the second half, then went into a prolonged scoring funk as Delaware State narrowed the gap to 35-28 with 14:30 remaining. The Hornets continued their rally, forging a 41-41 tie with 8:13 remaining on Kendall Gray's layup.
Norfolk State recovered, regained the lead and built a 58-52 cushion going into the final minute after a 3-pointer by Pendarvis Williams. Delaware State had the ball and a chance to win, trailing 58-56, but missed a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining. Norfolk State rebounded, and Williams hit two free throws to seal the slump-busting victory.
Tyshawn Bell led the Hornets (12-14, 7-5) with 13 points. Marques Oliver amassed 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Norfolk State is one of five Division I men's programs that still holds an unbeaten record in conference play. Miami suffered its first ACC loss earlier Saturday at Wake Forest. Should the Spartans win out in the regular season, they would become the first MEAC team to go unbeaten in league play in nearly two decades. The last to do so? The 1993-94 version of Coppin State.