Jessica Long made an off-balance jumper from the wing as time expired Wednesday to give eighth- seeded UMES a 52-50 victory over top seed Hampton in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament in Norfolk, Va. The defeat ended the Lady Pirates' streak of MEAC championships at five.
Hampton (18-12) tied the game at 50 with 1:14 left after a jumper from Malia Tate-DeFreitas, the MEAC Player of the Year, and had possession in the closing seconds.
But a turnover gave UMES the ball with 4.1 seconds left and Long made the game-winner.
Long led the Hawks with 11 points. Alexis Udoji had 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
Kyani White led the Lady Pirates with 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting, hitting all three of her 3-pointers.
The Lady Pirates opened the game on a 9-2 run, taking that lead with 17:15 left in the first half following a 3-pointer from Brielle White. UMES fought back and cut the lead to 14-12 at the 12:49 mark on a 3-pointer from Shawnee Sweeney, before Hampton scored five straight to go up 19-12.
Savannah State 66, Coppin State 52: Jasmine Norman and Ezinne Kalu each had 16 points to lead the Tigers (19-10) past the 10th seed Eagles (7-24) in another MEAC quarterfinal.
Bria Dorsey had 12 points and Shanikwa Buie added 10 points for Savannah State. Tiyonda Davis grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds, and Norman added 10 boards for the Tigers.
Savannah State shot 41.7 percent (25-for-60) from the field and out-rebounded Coppin State 45-34.
The Eagles tied the game at 4 in the opening minutes, before Savannah State went on a 12-3 run to take a 16-7 lead after a layup from Tanease Richardson. Dorsey hit a jumper with 4;02 left in the half to put Savannah State up 23-11.
Savannah State led 28-17 at the half.
The Tigers maintained a double-digit lead throughout the majority of the second half, leading by as many as 16 — taking a 44-28 lead with 13:19 remaining after Norman hit a pair of free throws.
The Eagles shot 33.3 percent (17-for-51) from the field and committed 21 turnovers.
Genesis Lucas and Jordan Swails each had 13 points.
North Carolina Central 91, Coppin State 43: Jordan Parks scored 29 and grabbed 10 rebounds to help North Carolina Central cruise past ninth-seeded Coppin State in the quarterfinals of the MEAC.
The 48-point margin of victory fell five points shy of the tournament record of 53 set in 1975 by Morgan State in a 121-68 first-round victory over UMES.
Anthony McDonald hit four 3-pointers and scored 19 and Nimrod Hilliard added 12 points and six assists for Central (25-6), which will face fourth-seeded Howard or No. 5 seed Delaware State in a semifinal Friday.
Top-seeded Central jumped out to a 12-1 lead as Coppin (8-23) missed its first six shots. Central took a 44-22 advantage into halftime.
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Arnold Fripp scored 14 for Coppin State, which made 15 of 50 field goals and was outrebounded 39-23.