ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Nic Thomas scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half to help Norfolk State rally from a nine-point deficit and beat South Carolina State 74-69 on Monday night for the Spartans' sixth win in a row.
Pitt made two free throws and Whitley added a layup to make it 68-all with four minutes left. Whitley's steal led to a layup by Kyonze Chavis that gave the Spartans the lead for good less than 30 seconds later. Damani Applewhite hit 1 of 2 foul shots to pull SC State to 70-69 with 2:32 remaining but Whitley made a layup to push the lead back to three points and, after NSU defense forced a shot-clock violation, Thomas hit two free throws to cap the scoring with 8.7 seconds left.
The Bulldogs used a 9-0 run to take a 57-48 lead, their biggest, with 11 1/2 minutes to play.
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