NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 15, 2022 – Saturday’s league action featured wins by Norfolk State and Coppin State.

Norfolk State 77, Howard 74

Coppin State 79, Morgan State 76

Norfolk State 77, Howard 74

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joe Bryant Jr. scored 24 points and Norfolk State made the key plays late to come away with a 77-74 win at Howard on Saturday, improving to 2-0 in MEAC play in the process. Dana Tate Jr. scored five points in the final two minutes and both Bryant and Tyrese Jenkins went 2-of-2 from the line to help the Spartans (11-4, 2-0 MEAC) hold on. Howard (6-7, 0-1) led 69-68 after two Steve Settle free throws with 2:09 remaining. But just more than 30 seconds later, Tate converted a driving layup and hit the free throw to complete a three-point play, giving the Spartans a 71-69 edge. Howard missed a shot at the other end and then Howard (6-7, 0-1) led 69-68 after two Steve Settle free throws with 2:09 remaining. But just more than 30 seconds later, Tate converted a driving layup and hit the free throw to complete a three-point play, giving the Spartans a 71-69 edge.

Howard missed a shot at the other end and then Bryant drew a charge to give the Spartans the ball back. Tate canned two foul shots with 34 seconds left to push the edge to four.

Eugene Hawkins made two free throws and Bryant answered with two of his own. Hawkins then completed a three-point play to cut the Bison deficit to one, and Jenkins made two free throws with seven seconds left to make it 77-74 in the Spartans' favor.

Coppin State 79, Morgan State 76

BALTIMORE, Md. – Coppin State’s Nendah Tarke hit a buzzer-beater from a few feet behind halfcourt to give the Eagles a 79-76 victory over archrival Morgan State on Saturday evening at the Bears’ Hill Field House. The Eagles improve to 2-0 in MEAC play while the Bears’ conference record evens up at 1-1.

After Jesse Zarzeuela’s layup with six seconds to go gave Coppin a 76-75 lead, Morgan made 1-of-2 free throws to tie the score with just over a second remaining. Tyree Corbett inbounded the ball to Tarke by the free throw line and after a pair of dribbles, Tarke launched a heave that found the bottom of the net.

Tarke’s game-winning shot gave him a career-high 22 points as he also added ten rebounds for his third double-double of the season. One of the Nation’s leaders in steals, Tarke was credited with four swipes on the day.

Zarzuela and Corbett also finished in double figures, recording 11 and ten points, respectively, while Justin Steers added nine points. Kyle Cardaci and Remy Lemovou, who was making his season debut, chipped in with six points apiece. Mike Hood tallied five points, followed by Sita Conteh with four and both Daniel Titus and Isaiah Gross with three. In the start, Greg Spurlock finished with five rebound, three assists and a pair of blocks.

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After announcing he would be decommitting from LSU on November 28th, there has been speculation on where the 4 star TreVonte’ Citizen would be headed for the next phase of his football career. Citizen is an elite running back prospect with electric speed and tackle breaking ability. Coming out of Lake Charles College Prep, Citizen committed to LSU under the Ed Orgeron regime, but mostly due to the influence and recruiting of newly minted College Football Hall of Famer Kevin Faulk. LSU has since fired Orgeron, and hired former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. It was announced in December that Faulk would not be staying on at LSU under Coach Kelly. Citizen still has at least a social media connection with Faulk as he recently retweeted a Kevin Faulk interview just yesterday. Noticeably, even though Citizen decommitted from LSU, LSU still remains in his Top 8.

Surprisingly to some, Grambling State University now led by Head Coach Hue Jackson, has also been included in the final 8 schools being considered by Citizen. Citizen is the 9th rated running back in the nation, and the #2 rated running back in the state of Louisiana only behind Istrouma’s Le’Veon Moss. If Coach Jackson were able to obtain the services of Citizen, the news would rival Jackson State’s acquisition of 5 Star DB/WR Travis Hunter and 4 Star WR Kevin Coleman. Coach Jackson has already earned a huge commitment from Nebraska transfer Maurice Washington, so with the addition of Citizen, Grambling would instantly contend for the title of best backfield in all of Black College Football.

Citizen also played linebacker in high school and the possibility of playing both ways under Coach Hue Jackson could separate Grambling‘s offer from other schools. This was one of the possibilities presented by Coach Sanders in his recruitment of Travis Hunter, another phenomenal two-way star. Grambling will have some stiff competition as Auburn, Nebraska, USC, Florida, Miami, Michigan State, and the aforementioned LSU are all included in the Top 8 as well. This will be a very interesting story to follow over the course of the next few weeks.

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