Monday, February 26, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – The South Carolina State basketball teams continue a two-game Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference swing Monday when they travel to Norfolk, Va. to take on Norfolk State, beginning at 6 p.m. with the women’s contest.
The Bulldogs and Coach Jamal Brown will be trying to extend a three-game winning streak, which included a 61-60 double overtime victory over Hampton on Saturday.
The victory over the Pirates gave the Bulldogs a sweep of this year’s series and lifted SC State to 12-15 overall and 10-7 in the MEAC, good enough for fourth place, with one league game remaining. The top five teams get a first-round bye in the upcoming MEAC Tournament (Mar.5-10) at Raleigh, NC
The Spartans were also involved in an overtime contest Saturday, however, Coach Dwight Freeman’s team fell at home 104-99 to North Carolina A&T. It was the fifth straight loss for Norfolk State, which dipped to 8-18 overall and 8-8 in the league.
In an earlier meeting Jan. 29th in Orangeburg, the Spartans edged the Bulldogs 62-56.
On the women’s side, the Lady Bulldogs will try to rebound from a 64-54 loss at Hampton on Saturday in a contest SC State led by 15 points at the half. The loss was the third in a row for Coach Tonya Mackey’s team, which dropped to 7-20 and 5-12 in the MEAC.
Norfolk State, losers of five in a row, including an 83-77 setback to N.C. A&T on Saturday is 4-22 overall and 3-13 in league games. One of the Lady Spartans’ loss was a 50-48 setback to the Lady Bulldogs in Orangeburg Jan. 29.
Monday’s contest closes out the regular season for the Lady Bulldogs, who are in ninth place in the league standings and will have to participate in one of three play-in games in the tournament.
The SC State men wrap up their regular season on Friday when they host Winston-Salem State in a 7 p.m. contest.