Monday, February 21, 2011

Hampton returns to work; NSU, Radford out to snap losing streaks

Monday's games

Norfolk State (8-15, 1-12 MEAC) at South Carolina State (7-16, 3-10 MEAC), 5:30 p.m.
NSU's last opportunity for a MEAC road win - the Spartans close the regular season with three home games - might also be the best opportunity they've had also season: against a South Carolina State team NSU beat 73-65 last month for their only conference win. The Spartans have dropped all seven games since, but S.C. State is 1-10 since Jan. 15. So this is it, guys. We're sure the Spartans are tired of hearing they've dropped 38 straight MEAC road games; we're tired of writing it. But there's only one way to make that stat disappear. Norfolk State 75, South Carolina State 72

Florida A&M (13-11, 8-5 MEAC) at Hampton (20-6, 12-1 MEAC), 6 p.m.
The Lady Pirates got their 20th victory without even entering their gym Saturday when Bethune-Cookman forfeited as part of its punishment for last Monday's in-game brawl with Maryland-Eastern Shore. That result, combined with Morgan State's loss to Delaware State, guarantees the Lady Pirates the No. 1 seed in the MEAC Tournament. At least that's how we read it - Hampton has a three-game lead over Morgan with three games to play, and even if the Lady Pirates lose three straight games, they own the tiebreaker over Morgan by virtue of their 75-54 win over the Lady Bears last month in the teams' lone regular-season meeting. Tonight's game will also give Hampton fans a chance to pay tribute to seniors Quanneisha Perry and Laura Lewis in their final home game. Hampton 69, Florida A&M 51

Winthrop (12-12, 5-6 Big South) at Radford (10-14, 7-4 Big South), 7 p.m.
The Highlanders have dropped three straight and really need to stop the bleeding tonight in tonight's home finale as their final four regular-season games are on the road. But it won't be easy against a Winthrop team that has won four of its last five games and defeated the Highlanders 65-55 when the teams met in Rock Hill, S.C. last month. Radford 57, Winthrop 50

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