Two big upsets Wednesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena left
In the most stunning result of the MEAC season,
Adrien Coleman, the conference’s scoring champion this year, poured in 24 points for the eighth-seeded
The Spartans (21-11) saw their 15-game win streak end, and they were one-and-done in the conference tourney after completing the MEAC regular-season schedule with a 16-0 record. NSU was the first MEAC team to go undefeated in league play since the 1993-94
Last season, when NSU was the second seed, the Spartans won the conference tournament and stunned No. 2 seed
NSU shot 31.6 percent from the field, and it went 7-for-29 (24.1 percent) after halftime, including 0-for-7 in overtime.
The Spartans led 33-23 at halftime and still held a 46-36 advantage after a 3-pointer by walk-on
Pendarvis Williams, the MEAC Player of the Year, scored 19 points to lead the Spartans. Off the Norfolk State bench, Brown added 15 points, and MEAC Rookie of the Year Rashid Gaston scored 12.
Malcolm Hawkins, Norfolk State’s second-leading scorer behind Williams, finished with three points, shooting 0-for-8 from the floor.
Bethune-Cookman advances to Friday’s semifinals, where it will play either
It marks the second straight year that the MEAC regular-season champion lost in the quarterfinals of the league tourney. Last season, eighth-seeded Hampton knocked off Savannah State.
No. 7 N.C. A&T 55, No. 2
And, wouldn't you know it, the second seed -- whose only MEAC regular-season loss came to Savannah State -- also lost at Scope.
Lamont Middleton and Adrian Powell scored 13 points each as North Carolina A&T rode a stingy defensive performance to upset North Carolina Central.
The Aggies (17-16) snapped a five-game losing streak in the rivalry by holding the
Central committed 17 turnovers and was outscored 22-10 in the paint. A&T didn't shoot much better, hitting 36.6 percent (15 of 41), but knocked down 23 of 34 free throws to the Eagles' 12 of 26.
No. 10 MEAC seed Norfolk State (7-22) closed with a 78-47 loss to No. 2 North Carolina A&T (22-8) in a quarterfinal at Scope Arena.
Senior Batavia Owens led the Spartans with nine points and four rebounds.
NSU was held to 34 percent (18-of-53) shooting from the floor. Junior Rachel Gordon posted eight points and 12 rebounds.
Junior Aivah Parham also contributed eight points. This was the first time since the game against Hampton on Feb. 18 that the Spartans did not have any players score in double figures.
N.C. A&T shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55). The Lady Aggies had three players in double figures, including Eboni Ross, who was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year. She led all scorers with 18 points.
On the eve of its conference tournament, the Colonial Athletic Association announced its award-winners. The second team included
Kelley and Aldridge made the All-Defensive squad, and ODU's Galaisha Goodhope of Virginia Beach made the All-Rookie team.
The All-Academic selections included ODU's Mairi Buchan and W&M's Jaclyn McKenna on the first team, and Bethel High graduate Amber Easter of
Also receiving top honors were