Norfolk State set school records in free throws made and attempted in a foul-infested 91-87 victory over Florida A&M on Thursday night in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener at Echols Hall.
Malcolm Hawkins scored 20 points and Pendarvis Williams 16. Williams sank two clinching free throws for the game's final points.
The teams combined for 73 fouls, and NSU hit 41-of-62 from the free-throw line. The Rattlers have 43 fouls called on them in a contest that took more than 2 hours and 20 minutes.
The Spartans (6-3) achieved their 20th straight regular-season MEAC victory. FAMU fell to 2-6.
The Rattlers’ 43 fouls and NSU’s 41 made free throws both stand as the second-most by a Division I team this year and the most in a regulation game. The Spartans broke their previous school records of 38 free throws and 58 attempts, set at home Nov. 30, 1991 against West Virginia State.
The Spartans won despite not hitting a field goal and attempting only three in the last 7:20 of the game. ...
Treveon Graham scored 15 points to help VCU (7-2) escape with a 71-68 overtime win against Ohio Valley Conferernce favorite Eastern Kentucky (6-3) at Siegel Center.
The Colonels used early hot shooting to build a 25-11, but the Rams rallied for a 38-36 halftime edge. The rest of the game — between the nation’s top two teams in steals per game — was nip-and-tuck. Rob Brandenberg's early 3-pointer in OT put the Rams ahead to stay.
Leeza Burdgess shot 10-of-14 for 20 points as La Salle (3-4) beat William and Mary 73-59 at Kaplan Arena despite junior Jazmen Boone’s career-high-tying 24 points and Kyla Kerstetter’s 12 for the Tribe (1-6). ...
Michigan (6-3) shot 54 percent and beat host Virginia 73-53 despite Sarah Imovbioh’s 13 points, handing the Cavaliers (3-5) their fourth loss in a row. ...
Jasmine Grice had 30 points and nine rebounds as Florida A&M (6-3) won 83-62 at Norfolk State (2-5) in the MEAC opener for both. She sank all 12 of her free throws.
NSU’s Rachel Gordon, who came into the game as the nation’s top rebounder, grabbed 17. She, Rae Corbo and Ebony Brown each had 16 points for the Spartans, who were outscored 31-10 in the last 11 minutes. ...
No. 2 Duke beat No. 16 Purdue 99-78 at Cameron Indoor Stadium as Blue Devils coach Joanne P. McCallie moved one win away from reaching 500 for her career, improving to 499-183. Duke (9-0) visits No. 17 Oklahoma on Sunday.
Chelsea Gray scored 16 points for the Blue Devils. Haley Peters, who had sat out four games with a knee injury, and Virginia Beach's Elizabeth Williams had 14 points each.
K.K. Houser scored 20 points to lead Purdue (5-2). ...
Ashle Freeman had 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Division II Virginia Union beat Randolph-Macon, the No. 18 team in Division III, 81-68 in Richmond.
Katie Anderson paced R-MC with 18 points.