Gaston finished with 11-of-15 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 from the line for the Spartans (17-11, 10-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). D'Shon Taylor added 23 points and eight rebounds, Malik Thomas had 21 points and Jeffrey Short chipped in 13. The team hit 61.8 percent from the field overall, 88 percent from the line and outrebounded Coppin State 36-24.
Norfolk State led 39-36 at the break and started the second half on a 12-9 run to a 51-45 advantage with 15:30 to play. The Spartans outscored Coppin State 60-45 in the second half and cruised to the win.