Norfolk St. 74, S. Carolina St. 71

BY foxsports • March 14, 2009

Corey Lyons hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining and then sank 3 of 4 foul shots to give Norfolk State a 74-71 victory over South Carolina State in the semifinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament on Friday night. Lyons, who finished with 17 points, hit a long-range shot to give the third-seeded Spartans a 71-69 edge in a back-and-forth final minute that saw three lead changes. South Carolina State's Jessie Burton missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer off the back of the rim. The Spartans (13-17) rallied from 10 down in the second half to advance to their first MEAC championship, where they will meet top-seeded Morgan State in Saturday's final. Michael Deloach scored 20 points to lead the Spartans, but fouled out with 2:24 remaining. Josh Jackson scored 18 points to lead the second-seeded Bulldogs (17-14).

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