December 08, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Starting trio D'Shon Taylor, Jeffrey Short and RaShid Gaston combined to score 63 points and grab 23 rebounds to power Norfolk State to an 88-69 win over Coppin State in a Mid-East Athletic Conference battle Monday night.

Taylor led the effort with 24 points on 9 of 15 shooting, hitting 5 of 7 from distance, and grabbing 10 boards. Short hit half his 12 shots from the field, knocking down 3 of 7 from beyond the arc, to score 20 points and Gaston was 9 of 13 from the field for 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

The Spartans (6-4, 2-0) shot 52.4 percent from the field (33 of 63 and 11 of 22 three-point attempts. Defensively they held Coppin State to 36.8 percent shooting (28 of 76).

Taariq Cephas had 16 points to lead the Eagles (1-7, 0-2), with Arnold Fripp and Sterling Smith each adding 15.

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