NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Malcolm Hawkins scored 20 points and made 13 of 14 free throws, helping seal the game as Norfolk State edged Florida A&M 91-87 on Thursday night in the conference opener for both teams.
Norfolk State (6-3, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) led 80-72 with two minutes to play, but Florida A&M (2-6, 0-1) scored six straight points to cut it to 80-78 with 1:01 remaining.
Florida A&M later made two 3-pointers in the final 37 seconds, cutting the Spartans' lead to 2 each time. But during that span Norfolk State hit 7 of 8 free throws to close the game. The Spartans shot a school-record 62 free throws, 41 of which they made.