Murphy’s 22 points lift Norfolk State to MEAC tourney win

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Tony Murphy scored 22 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to lead Norfolk State to a 69-61 victory over Florida A&M in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament Thursday night.

The third-seeded Spartans (16-14) advanced to a Friday night semifinal vs. seventh-seeded Coppin State (14-20).

Murphy scored the last eight points for the Spartans and 11 of their final 14 after Norfolk State took the lead for good at 56-55 with 4:33 remaining on a free throw by backup center Joseph Dorsett-Jeffreys.

It was also Jeffreys’ blocked shot the Rattlers’ Lamar Twitty with less than a minute left that allowed Norfolk State to hold onto the lead. Murphy then nailed the victory with six straight free throws.

The Spartans led by 10 (18-10) with 8:57 left in the half before the sixth-seeded Rattlers (15-17) went on a 15-5 run in the next five minutes to take a 25-23 lead. But Norfolk State finished the half with an 8-3 run of its own to lead 31-28 at halftime.

Twitty scored 19 points and Leslie Robinson 18 for Florida A&M.

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 Top Performers
 Florida A&M
Lamar Twitty Lamar Twitty
6-18,  19 Pts
4 Rebs, 4 Assists
 Norfolk St.
Tony Murphy Tony Murphy
7-13,  29 Pts
4 Rebs, 1 Assists

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