Bryant leads Norfolk State against Howard after 20-point game

Howard Bison (8-10, 1-1 MEAC) at Norfolk State Spartans (12-5, 2-0 MEAC)

Norfolk, Virginia; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Norfolk State faces the Howard Bison after Joe Bryant Jr. scored 20 points in Norfolk State’s 78-65 win against the Delaware State Hornets.

The Spartans have gone 6-0 in home games. Norfolk State ranks third in the MEAC shooting 34.4% from downtown, led by Kris Bankston shooting 100.0% from 3-point range.

The Bison have gone 1-1 against MEAC opponents. Howard is fifth in the MEAC scoring 33.3 points per game in the paint led by Bryce Harris averaging 5.1.

The matchup Saturday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams in conference play.

TOP PERFORMERS: Bryant is averaging 16.5 points, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals for the Spartans. Bankston is averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds over the past 10 games for Norfolk State.

Elijah Hawkins is scoring 13.1 points per game with 3.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists for the Bison. William Settle is averaging 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 38.9% over the past 10 games for Howard.

LAST 10 GAMES: Spartans: 7-3, averaging 69.6 points, 31.3 rebounds, 14.0 assists, 5.8 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 45.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 67.7 points per game.

Bison: 5-5, averaging 65.4 points, 30.7 rebounds, 11.9 assists, 7.7 steals and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 44.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 68.6 points.

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