Norfolk St takes MEAC title, 73-70 over Bethune

JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer Published:

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Kyle O'Quinn scored 18 points and Norfolk State held on to beat Bethune-Cookman 73-70 on Saturday for its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title and first NCAA tournament berth.

Pendarvis Williams had 17 points for the second-seeded Spartans (25-9). They led by 14 and shot nearly 44 percent, but needed one final stop to secure the win.

Kevin Dukes scored 18 points and Javoris Bryant added 15 for the fourth-seeded Wildcats (18-17).

They used an 11-3 run to close within single digits, pulled within three on Garrius Holloman's basket with 19.7 seconds left -- and had the ball and one last chance to force overtime after O'Quinn was called for traveling with 16.9 seconds remaining.

Holloman's open 3-pointer with 5 seconds left bounced off the rim and Ricky Johnson's contested 3 at the buzzer wasn't close, sending the Spartans spilling onto the court.