NORFOLK, Va. – Joe Bryant Jr. had 15 points and seven assists in Norfolk State’s 57-46 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener.

Bryant added seven assists for the Spartans (11-5), as they scored the game’s first 11 points. Kris Bankston scored nine points with 12 rebounds and three steals, and turned in the highlight of the afternoon.

Troy Hupstead finished with 10 points for the Hawks (7-8).

Kris Bankston added 12 rebounds for the Spartans (11-5, 1-0 MEAC), as they outrebounded UMES (7-8, 0-1 MEAC) 37-27. Bankston, who also had nine points, also had a highlight-reel dunk on a one-handed alley-oop slam from a Cahiem Brown lob.

Norfolk State shot nearly 49% from the field.

The Spartans next play Monday at Delaware State.