Norfolk State tops Texas Southern 76-66

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Malik Thomas scored 20 points and D'Shon Taylor added 19, both career-highs, to lead Norfolk State past Texas Southern 76-66 on Saturday.

Thomas, a graduate transfer from Boston University, bested his previous high of 19 points, which he set in Norfolk State's loss to his old school on Wednesday, and pulled down 10 rebounds.

A jumper by LaTre'e Russell gave Norfolk State (2-2) a 9-7 lead and the Spartans never trailed again.

Texas Southern (0-4) tied it at 49 when Chris Thomas made a layup with 13:23 left but, 9 seconds later Kievyn Lila-St. Rose hit a 3-pointer that sparked a 19-6 Norfolk State run.

The Tigers would get no closer than nine the rest of the way.

Jamel Fuentes tied a career-high with 11 assists, including four during the decisive run.

Chris Thomas scored a career-high 28 for Texas Southern.

RaShid Gaston had 14 points for Norfolk State.

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