NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State reached the century mark and had five players score in double figures as the Spartan men's basketball team defeated Mid-Atlantic Christian on Thursday night at Joseph Echols Hall, 108-50.
Freshman C.J. Kelly led all players with 21 points, hitting 8-of-9 from the floor with four rebounds and three steals. NSU (1-1) shot 47 percent overall, held the Mustangs to 25 percent shooting, and forced 24 turnovers on the way to the win.
The Spartans outscored the Mustangs in points off turnovers (37-10), fastbreak points (23-5) and points in the paint (58-18) while holding a 59-39 edge on the glass.
Along with Kelly, freshman BJ Fitzgerald added 15 points and six rebounds, and junior Derrik Jamerson Jr. finished with 14 points and five boards. Both junior Nic Thomas and Kyonze Chavis each scored 13 as well, with Chavis knocking down 5-of-7 from the floor.
NSU led by 31 at the half after a close game in the first six to seven minutes. The lead only grew from there, getting as high as 59 late in the second half.
The Spartans scored the first six points of the game and led 11-5 early on after a bucket by Jamerson. They led 11-10 a little later and then used an 18-0 run to push the lead to 19. Kelly had 10 points during that time and capped the scoring with a 3-pointer.
Norfolk State slowly grew the lead to 40-14 with 6:23 left in the half, with Kelly providing another layup for the 26-point margin. The Spartans later scored the last 10 points of the half to go into the locker room up 52-21. Kelly had 14 at the break.
Five minutes into the second half the Spartans led by 40. A little more than four minutes later in ballooned to 50 and got up to as much as 59 with 1:34 left on a pair of free throws from Fitzgerald. He finished with 10 points in the second half.
Mid-Atlantic Christian made just 17-of-67 (25.4 percent), including just 4-of-25 from deep. Greg Bloodsworth led the way with 17 points, and Aaron Scott tallied 10.
The Spartans ended the night 39-of-83 from the field (47.0 percent) and were also solid at the free throw line at 21-of-25.
The team's totals of 59 rebounds and 11 blocks both rank as the third-highest for the Spartans in a single game as a Division I program.