NORFOLK (WAVY) — Norfolk State spent the first two months of the season preparing for its conference schedule.
Tough games against Michigan, South Carolina, UTEP and East Tennessee State have made the Spartans battle tested now that MEAC play has begun.
The early season test has paid dividends. Thanks to a second-straight 21 point performance by senior Derrick Jamerson, NSU defeated Florida A&M 72-62 on Monday night and are now 2-0 in the MEAC.
“We just didn’t have the success last year,” coach Robert Jones said. “But this year it’s kind of righting the ship, getting it back to where we want it to be. A 2-0 start is a great way to start that process.”
One big plus is having Jordan Butler back. He missed last season, but he has returned as defensive specialist that has already won two MEAC Defensive Player of the Week awards.
“I like playing defense, so I guess that does boost my ego a little bit when I get the Defensive Player of the Week,” Butler said. “I’m not the biggest scorer, I’m really into the dirty plays, those key rebounds, the 50-50 balls. I enjoy making those kind of plays, that really gets me going.”
The Spartans play at Coppin State on Saturday in a battle for first place in the conference.