NORFOLK, Va. -- Pendarvis Williams scored 20 points and fourth-seeded Norfolk State took down No. 5 seed Savannah State 57-47 Thursday in a quarterfinal matchup of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.
Norfolk State (19-13) advanced to play top-seed North Carolina Central on Friday in the semifinal round.
The Spartans outscored Savannah State (13-19) 33-24 in the second half after leading by a point at halftime. Leading 33-32 with 12:35 remaining, Norfolk State put together a 13-0 run, led by six points from Williams during the spurt.
Savannah State cut the lead to 50-44 with 1:46 left, but the Spartans made 5 of 6 from the free-throw line down the stretch to preserve the win.