Two Late Free Throws Rallies Norfolk State Basketball To Date With Gonzaga
Norfolk State survives and advances! pic.twitter.com/tg16m4KMrP
— CBB Review (@CbbReview) March 19, 2021
1) A Game of Runs and Norfolk State Basketball Has Last One
This NCAA first-round game was a game of runs. Norfolk State jumped out to a 36-20 halftime lead courtesy of a 15-0 run. App State returned the favor with a 26-4 run that turned a once 19-point deficit to a four-point lead at 49-45. That App State run included a 16-0 spurt topping the Norfolk State Basketball run by one point. However, the most important run was the 9-4 spurt by Norfolk State to close the game and set up a date with top-seed Gonzaga Saturday night.
The Spartan run is now 12-0, as Appalachian State hasn’t scored in 6 minutes
3:52 1st | @NSU_BBALL 31, Mountaineers 15
App Sate shooting 20% this half
— NSU Athletics (@NSUSpartans) March 19, 2021
2) Norfolk State Basketball Survives With Bench Playing Key Role
Led by a career-high 24 points from Jalen Hawkins, 20 of which came in the first half, it was the bench that sparked Norfolk State to its one-point win. Hawkins made all four of his three-point attempts in the first half. The bench points were needed as the Spartans received only four points from leading scorer Devante Carter. Norfolk State’s bench outscored the starters 29-25 for the game. However, Carter stepped up in the clutch making two free throws with eight seconds left in the game to take the lead for good.
— Adam Winkler (@AdamWink) March 19, 2021
3) App State Strong Second Half Not Enough
App State had won games when trailing at halftime this season. That was the most among Division I NCAA teams. They were on the verge of adding one more come-from-behind win, however, they could not hold on to a four-point lead and their final two scoring chances didn’t hit the rim. App State was not helped by their long-distance shooting as they missed their first 19 shots from behind the arc. Justin Forrest led the way for the Mountaineers with 18 points. He had a chance to send App State to the next round but his shot at the buzzer fell short.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 19, 2021
Norfolk State improved to 17-7 on the season and advanced to play top-seed Gonzaga in the second round on Saturday, March 20 at 9:20 pm.
App State sees its season come to a close with a 17-12 record.