With a win over the Rams on Monday night, the Norfolk State men’s basketball team will finish a disappointing season with an 11-5 record and a 2-11 record in league play.
But for the first time in two seasons, the program will return home for a two-game stretch.
Norfolk State, which has not won a league game since the season began, was already on a path to the NCAA tournament, but the Rams, who are in second place in the Atlantic 10, were unable to win a game during the team’s first three games.
The Rams (17-8, 6-7) won the first two games of the series, then lost two of the final three games to fall to 4-13 in the conference.
They will be trying to rebound from a season-high 22 points in a 78-59 loss to the Stetson Rams on Sunday.
It was the first loss of coach Steve Luehrs tenure.
The senior associate head coach has been a member of the Norfolk program for five seasons and is the fourth coach to have his team finish in the top 10 of the ACC in scoring this season.
The team’s loss was its fourth in five games.
Norfolk lost in double overtime on Nov. 3.
The Cavaliers, who were 6-14, finished with a season low of 32 points and a season high of 29 against Charlotte.
The Hornets (11-8-2, 3-12) lost to Syracuse on Monday in double-overtime and finished the season with a 6-17 record.
They were 8-14 in their last nine games.
Head coach Frank Haith is 4-3 in his career against the Rams.
He has a 4-11 overall record against the program.
The Cavs were 6 of 16 from 3-point range against Norfolk in the regular season.
They shot 49.6 percent from beyond the arc in the loss.
Norfolk has shot 49 percent from 3 in six games.
Coach Luehs first season was interrupted by a season end on Oct. 20 when he was forced to postpone a trip to the Bahamas because of a torn ACL suffered by teammate, forward, and forward forward Deandre Lacy.
The program also announced on Oct 18 that it had fired assistant coach Tony Bennett.
The Hawks have been without Lacy since the first game of the season.
“I was looking forward to seeing the team get back on the court, get a chance to get going,” Luehnys wife, Karen, said.
“But I have to let go of some of my expectations because I think it’s hard for the kids to be a part of a team that has a record like this.”
Virginia Tech has been playing for the conference tournament title since the start of the year.
The Hokies, who lost their final five games of last season to finish 10-17, have lost eight straight.
Virginia Tech is 3-8 against Norfolk State.