Deloach leads Norfolk St. to 78-77 overtime victory over Bethune-Cookman

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) —Michael Deloach picked up a blocked shot, turned around and swished a 15-foot jumper with 0.6 seconds left, carrying Norfolk St. to a 78-77 overtime victory over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.

The win completed a 24-point comeback for the Spartans (11-10, 7-2). Bethune-Cookman (9-14,3-6) committed 22 turnovers after leading by 29-22 at halftime.

Deloach, who did not start, finished with a game-high 30 points. His total included a 15-for-21 effort from the free throw line. Teammate Tony Murphy chipped in with 14 points, and Corey Lyons added 11.

John Holmes paced Bethune-Cookman with 23 points, with Dewayne Pettus scoring 18 and Jimmy Hudson 13.

The Wildcats, led by Holmes and Pettus, had used a 22-2 run early in the second half to go up by 24 points, 51-27, with 10:51 remaining. Norfolk St. hit only two of its 12 field goal tries over that span.

The Spartans still trailed by 23 at 8:30 when they began their comeback.

Deloach led a 10-0 Norfolk St. run that started the Spartans to a 69-all score at the end of regulation. Corey Lyons’ drive to the basket with 2.2 seconds left sent the game into overtime.

Bethune-Cookman jumped ahead by three, 75-72, in overtime, and led by 77-76 after two Holmes free throws with 15.6 seconds left. NSU’s Murphy then tried a shot with 5.0 seconds showing. But B-CU’s Hudson blocked it, with Deloach retrieving the ball and shooting the game-winner.

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 Norfolk St.
Michael Deloach Michael Deloach
7-12,  30 Pts
4 Rebs, 4 Assists
John Holmes John Holmes
7-11,  23 Pts
8 Rebs, 1 Assists

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