Last-second shot lifts Delaware State to MEAC tourney win

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Trevor Welcher’s 10-foot bank shot with 1.7 seconds remaining, his only basket of the game, gave Delaware State a 64-62 victory over North Carolina A&T in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals Thursday night.

Welcher grabbed a rebound off a missed 3-pointer by Roy Bright, then immediately fired the jumper off the backboard to move the fourth-seeded Hornets (14-15) into Friday’s semifinals against top-seeded Morgan State (21-9).

The Aggies (15-16) trailed for most of the final 15 minutes by no more than six points and eventually went on a 7-0 run to take a 60-59 lead with 1:13 left on two free throws by Thomas Coleman, who scored 10 points.

Bright—who scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds—put the Hornets back up by one on an inside hoop and Kyle White made one of two free throws with 27.3 seconds remaining to give Delaware State a two-point lead.

North Carolina A&T’s Jason Wills (13 points) was fouled on a drive to the basket and tied the game 62-62 with his two free throws before the final heroics by Welcher

Donald Johnson led Delaware State with 20 points off the bench.

Austin Ewing scored 15 points for North Carolina A&T. Robert Johnson added 11 points.

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