Norfolk State Tops Coppin State 55-53 In MEAC

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Rob Hampton hit a layup with 2 seconds remaining to lift Norfolk State over Coppin State 55-53 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.

The Spartans (12-19) trailed 51-44 with 6:32 left to play before scoring seven unanswered points, tying it at 51 with less than 4 minutes to go.

The teams traded a pair of free throws in the final 3:21 as both offenses combined to go for 8 from the floor over the final 3:57.

Tony Gallo missed the potential go-ahead jumper for the Eagles (16-14) with 48 seconds left and Kyle O’Quinn, who finished with 13 boards, secured the rebound for the Spartans, setting up the game-winning possession.

Pendarvis Williams scored 11 for the Spartans, while O’Quinn and Hampton each added 10 points.

Norfolk State will face No. 2 Hampton (22-8) in the semifinals on Friday night.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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