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South Carolina State edges Florida A&M 82-78 in overtime

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 7, 2017 at 8:50 p.m.



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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Edward Stephens scored 24 points with 8-for-15 shooting and Ty Solomon drained the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime to lift No. 7 seed South Carolina State to an 82-78 win over tenth-seeded Florida A&M in the opening round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament Tuesday night.

Trailing by four in overtime, Stephens got a 3-pointer to tighten the gap with under three minutes to play and then Solomon hit the go-ahead 3 to put South Carolina State on top 77-76. The Bulldogs quickly stretched their advantage to six with Tashombe Riley's 3-point play and two Stephens free throws.

Florida A&M got a dunk from Brendon Myles with two seconds remaining.

The Bulldogs (10-19) will play No. 2 seed Norfolk State in the tournament semifinals Wednesday.

Greg Mortimer added 20 points for SC State and Eric Eaves forced overtime with a pair of free throws to tie it at 71-all in regulation.

FAMU (7-22), making its first appearance in the conference tournament since 2014, was led by Desmond Williams' 23 points.

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