Top seed Norfolk State eyes MEAC Tournament title


NORFOLK (WAVY) — With a regular season championship under their belts, the Norfolk State Spartans are the top seed heading into the MEAC Tournament at Norfolk Scope.

The Spartans have not won a MEAC Tournament title since 2012, the same year NSU defeated Missouri in the NCAA Tournament.

“Me personally, I’m not tired of hearing about it,” coach Robert Jones said. “I was a part of that team but I know the guys are tired of hearing about it.”

Norfolk State only lost two conference games during the season, and they are confident going into the tournament.

“We dominated for two and a half months,” guard Steven Whitley said. “We showed we’re the best team.”

The Spartans were the best team on paper in 2013 and were undefeated in MEAC play but lost in the MEAC tournament at Scope.

NSU has lost in the semifinals three times and fell in the championship game two years ago.

“The city wants a championship back in Norfolk and we’ll try our hardest to win for the city,” coach Robert Jones said.

Jones was named MEAC coach of the year and he has the top shot blocker in the conference in Jordan Butler and the top three point shooter in the country, Derrick Jamerson.

“Right now we just got to put 120 minutes through three games and we’ll be in the (NCAA) tournament,” Whitley said.”

Coach Jones added, “Now it’s really 12 dogs going after one bone and everybody’s got a shot.”

The Spartans open MEAC Tournament play Wednesday at 6:00 at Scope against the winner of the game between Maryland Eastern Shore and South Carolina State.

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