Bethune-Cookman upsets MEAC's unbeaten, advances to semis

NORFOLK, Va. — Adrien Coleman closed regulation with five consecutive points to force overtime, and Bethune-Cookman handed top-seeded Norfolk State its first conference loss this season, 70-68 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal Wednesday night.

The eighth-seeded Wildcats (14-19) trailed 63-58 before Coleman converted a three-point play with 1:43 remaining. After a Spartan miss, Coleman added a layup with 1:13 left to tie it at 63.

Coleman finished with 24 points, and his tying layup made him the 27th Bethune-Cookman player to eclipse 1,000 for his career. He finished the game with 1,002.

Alex Smith's free throw with 2:41 left in overtime put the Wildcats ahead 67-66, and they led the rest of the way.

Pendarvis Williams, who had 19 points for Norfolk State (21-11), missed a tying jumper with two seconds left.

Kevin Dukes and Paul Scotland each added 11 points for B-CU, which faces the winner of tonight's Morgan State-Savannah State game in a semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday.

SEC: Fred Thomas scored a career-high 21 as No. 13 seed Mississippi State (10-21) defeated No. 12 seed South Carolina 70-59 in the first round in Nashville. … Elston Turner had 22 points to lead 11th-seeded Texas A&M (18-14) past 14th-seeded Auburn 71-62.

bucknell gets berth: Mike Muscala scored six of his 20 during a 10-2 second-half run to help top-seeded Bucknell (28-5) capture its second NCAA Tournament berth in three seasons with a 64-56 win over Lafayette in the Patriot League title game at Lewisburg, Pa.

NO. 15 NEW MEXICO 59, WYOMING 46: Tony Snell scored 15 and the top-seeded Lobos (27-5) led all game in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament in Las Vegas.

KENTUCKY: Freshman center Nerlens Noel is "doing fine" after surgery on his left knee to repair a torn ACL, coach John Calipari said.

SAN JOSE STATE: Coach George Nessman was fired after eight seasons.

Women

NO. 20 GREEN BAY 80, VALPO 59: Adrian Ritchie scored 27 to lead the top-seeded Phoenix (27-2) over Valparaiso 80-59 in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League tournament in Green Bay.

USC: Michael Cooper resigned as coach after four seasons.

.fast facts

Men's

automatic berths

Atlantic Sun Fla. Gulf Coast

Big South Liberty

Colonial James Madison

Horizon Valparaiso

Ivy Harvard

Metro Atlantic Iona

Missouri Valley Creighton

Northeast LIU Brooklyn

Ohio Valley Belmont

Patriot Bucknell

Southern Davidson

Summit S. Dakota State

Sun Belt W. Kentucky

West Coast Gonzaga

Women's

automatic berths

ACC Duke

Atlantic Sun Stetson

Big East Notre Dame

Big South Liberty

Big Ten Purdue

Big 12 Baylor

Ivy Princeton

MAAC Marist

Ohio Valley Tenn.-Martin

Pac-12 Stanford

SEC Texas A&M

Southern Chattanooga

Summit S. Dakota State

Sun Belt Middle Tennessee

West Coast Gonzaga

Bethune-Cookman upsets MEAC's unbeaten, advances to semis 03/13/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 14, 2013 1:21am]

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