NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The MEAC basketball tournament comes to Norfolk for the first time in 16 years next week. Big crowds are expected downtown and at Scope, so it is only fitting that the host school Norfolk State gets the number one seed.
Norfolk State, unbeaten in the MEAC and with only two games remaining before the tournament welcomed Florida A&M to Joe Echols Hall Monday night.
Freshman Rashid Gaston had a career game against Florida A&M, adding 20 points to the Spartans' 69-58 victory.
This was the 14th win in a row for the Spartans, who pick up their 20th win of the season. NSU is one of four schools in the country, Memphis, Louisiana Tech and Gonzaga being the others, that have yet to lose a conference game this season.
NSU clinches at least a share of its first-ever MEAC regular-season title, the No. 1 seed in the 2013 MEAC Tournament, and a second straight Division I post-season berth. The Spartans can clinch the MEAC regular-season title outright with a win over North Carolina A&T, or North Carolina Central loss at Hampton on Thursday.
They wrap up their regular season Saturday at home against North Carolina A&T.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.