Justin Black made big baskets at the end of regulation and overtime, helping fifth-seeded Morgan State beat fourth-seeded Savannah State, 64-61, in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament Thursday night at Norfolk (Va.) Scope Arena.
Black scored 20 points for the Bears (16-14), who will play eighth-seeded Bethune-Cookman in today's semifinals. Bethune-Cookman ousted top-seeded Norfolk State, the MEAC's regular-season champion, 70-68 in overtime Wednesday.
In today's other semifinal, sixth-seeded Delaware State will play seventh-seeded North Carolina A&T.
Morgan State outscored Savannah State 7-2 over the final 1:39 of the first period to take a 35-29 lead at halftime. The Bears extended the lead to 10 early in the second half before the Tigers began to battle back.
The Tigers mounted a 16-2 run to take a 49-45 lead on a free throw by Rashad Hassan with 5:32 to go. They still led by four with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, but Black made two 3-pointers in the last 1:29 to send the game to overtime.
Black scored seven of his team's nine points in overtime, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 33 seconds to go.
Honors: Bowie State senior forward Byron Westmorland (Mervo) was named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Atlantic Region first team.
The Bulldogs will play an NCAA first-round game Saturday at 6 p.m. against West Liberty, whose senior guard Alex Falk is Atlantic Region Player of the Year.
Coppin State 55, South Carolina State 53: Shawntae Payne hit a running one-hander with 1.5 seconds left, lifting the Eagles (16-15) over the Bulldogs (20-9) in the MEAC quarterfinals in Norfolk.
seconds left in regulation, lifting Coppin State women's basketball team over South Carolina State, 55-53, in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference quarterfinals Thursday in Norfolk, Va.
After Ashle Craig drew a charge foul with 8.2 seconds to play, the Eagles inbounded the ball to Payne, who drove the length of the floor and banked in the game-winning shot. South Carolina State was unable to get a shot off before the final horn sounded.
"I looked up at the clock and saw we only had six seconds," Payne said. "I knew I didn't have time to pass the ball, so I shot it."
Payne's basket capped a furious comeback by the Eagles, who trailed by five with 56 seconds left.
Coppin State will meet top-seeded Hampton at noon today. It's the third consecutive year the Eagles will face the Pirates in the semifinals.
Howard 62, Morgan State 60: Nicole Deterville sent the Bison (19-10) to the MEAC semifinals with a buzzer-beating putback layup.
Bianca Jarrett finished with a game-high 34 points, including the 3-pointer that tied the game at 60 with 24 seconds left, to lead the Bears (13-18).
Honors: Maryland senior forward Tianna Hawkins and junior forward Alyssa Thomas were named to the final 15 and made the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun