NORFOLK, Va. -- Nic Thomas scored 20 points and made all 12 of his foul shots -- 10 in the final 2:15 -- and Norfolk State beat Florida A&M 80-71 on Monday night.
Desmond Williams went on his own 8-2 run in which he made all six of his foul shots and a layup to bring the Rattlers to 66-58. Justin Ravenel's 4-point play closed the gap to 69-62 before Thomas sealed it from the line. Norfolk State (6-16, 4-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic) led 36-28 at halftime and extended the lead to 60-45 with a pair of Alex Long foul shots with seven minutes left.
Steven Whitley added 17 points and seven rebounds and Kyle Williams scored 12 for the Spartans, who owned a 44-25 rebound advantage. Norfolk State has won three of its last four and snapped the Rattlers' two-game win streak.
Ravenel led Florida A&M (4-19, 3-4) with 21 points, Williams scored 19 and Elijah Mayes 16.
Texas junior guard Andrew Jones is a limited participant in practice as he continues to regain strength following his diagnosis of leukemia, coach Shaka Smart said Monday.
Four-star point guard Jalen Gaffney made a verbal commitment to UConn on Monday, giving the Huskies their second ESPN 100 guard in the past two weeks.
Watts is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the country and looks to develop his game under coach Tom Izzo's tutelage.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|