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.
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.