Norfolk State runs away from Coppin State 83-71

The Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Malcolm Hawkins scored 22 points to lead Norfolk State over Coppin State 83-71 on Monday.

The Spartans (11-8, 5-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) got 17 points from Pendarvis Williams, Rashid Gaston added 12 and Brandon Goode had 10 as the team shot 50 percent from the floor. They out-rebounded the Eagles 42-31.

Coppin State (6-12, 3-2) was led by Andre Armstrong with 20 points. Sterling Smith had 13 and Taariq Cephas added 10 points.

The Eagles led by one, 31-30, after a Smith layup with 4:54 left in the first half, but Norfolk closed on a 15-5 run - highlighted by a Williams 3-pointer - to lead 45-36 at the intermission.

Norfolk scored the first 10 points of the second half to extend the lead to 19 and was never challenged down the stretch.

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