Congratulations, Norfolk State! You’ve officially screwed up everyone’s bracket.

Norfolk State forward Kyle O’Quinn scored a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds as the No. 15 seed Spartans eliminated No.2 seed Missouri, 86-84, on Friday March 16 in the West Regional first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champs escaped after Missouri’s Phil Pressey bricked a desperation three-pointer to end the game. Missouri was given one more opportunity to hold off the upset when O’Quinn missed two three-throw attempts with a three-point lead and only 3.8 seconds left. Pressey just missed the shot.

Three different NSU players scored at least 20 points, including O’Quinn; guard Pendarvis Williams and forward Chris McEachin both scored 20 points each.

Its first time appearing in the NCAA tournament, NSU became only the fifth No. 15 seed to knock out a No. 2 seed. Fellow MEAC member Hampton University pulled off the same feat in 2001, and Baltimore’s own Coppin State did it in 1997.
A disappointed Missouri finishes its season with a 30-5 overall record.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor