Nimrod Hilliard drained his fourth trey to give the Eagles a 56-50 lead with 2:29 remaining. Norfolk State's RaShid Gaston made a free throw and Jeffrey Short scored four points to pull the Spartans within 56-55 with 1:01 to play. Jordan Parks answered for the Eagles, scoring a one-handed dunk off a give-and-go, and Nate Maxey made a free throw to stretch the lead to 59-55 with 22 seconds left.
Parks scored 24 points and Hilliard finished with 13.
Short scored a career-high 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting to lead Norfolk State (11-9, 4-1).