Norfolk State Upset by Bethune-Cookman 70-68 in OT
NSU upsets Bethune-Cookman
March Madness is truly in the air as the top-seeded NSU Spartans were eliminated from tournament play at the Scope in Norfolk, VA. The defending MEAC champions fell to eight-seeded Bethune-Cookman, 70-68 in overtime in the quarter final round.
The Spartans led by 13 points in the second half, but wwere held without a field goal in a seven-minute stretch. The defeated halted a 15-game winning streak and any hopes of their returning back to the NCAA tournament. However, the Spartans will have an automatic bid to the National Invitational Tournament as the regular season MEAC champion.
With Bethune-Cookman leading 69-67 with seven seconds remaining, MEAC Player of the Year Pendarvis Williams missed the first shot of a one in one and made the second. This trimmed the lead to one, which sealed the win for the Wildcats. Guard Adrien Coleman, who scored 24 points and had had 13 rebounds, led the Wildcats. Williams finished with 19 points and five assists for the Spartans.
Although this loss is a hard pill to swallow, coach Anthony Evans is still proud of what his team has accomplished this season.
"These guys still get to play basketball next week," Evans said. "A lot of other teams don’t. Going 16-0 and playing in the NIT is an accomplishment. Now we must refocus and get ready to play next."