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No. 15 seed Norfolk St stuns No. 2 Missouri 86-84

By Dave Skretta

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 16 2012 5:08 p.m. MDT

Norfolk State coach Anthony Evans signals his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball tournament game against Missouri at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Friday, March 16, 2012.

Nati Harnik, Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. — Kyle O'Quinn had 26 points and 14 rebounds, making several big plays in the closing minutes to help No. 15 seed Norfolk State stun second-seeded Missouri 86-84 on Friday in the West Regional.

Pendarvis Williams and Chris McEachin each added 20 points for the MEAC champion Spartans (26-9), who made their first trip to the NCAA tournament a memorable one.

They became the fifth No. 15 seed to topple a No. 2 and the first since fellow conference member Hampton knocked off Iowa State in 2001.

O'Quinn had a chance to put the game away when he went to the foul line with 3.8 seconds to go, but the 70 percent free throw shooter missed both.

Missouri called a timeout with 2.9 seconds to go and got the ball in the hands of Phil Pressey, but his long 3-pointer from the wing bounced off the back iron as the final buzzer sounded.

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