NORFOLK, Va. — Kyle O’Quinn’s basket off a drive to the hoop with five seconds left provided the winning margin as the Norfolk State University men pulled out a 72-71 victory over the University of Maine Monday night.
A hurried shot at the buzzer by the Black Bears’ Junior Bernal missed the mark.
Norfolk State held two leads in the game, 2-0 21 seconds into the game and the final score.
Gerald McLemore hit the first of two free throws with 27 seconds left but missed the second, and the Black Bears suffered their first loss of the season.
Maine led 66-60 with 2:37 to play and 70-67 with 45 seconds left, but the 6-foot-10, 225-pound O’Quinn (15 points, 12 rebounds) outscored the Black Bears 4-1 down the stretch.
Maine never trailed in the second half until O’Quinn hit his shot with five seconds left. The game was tied once (66-66) with two minutes left in the second half.
Maine’s biggest lead was 14 points (52-38) with 11:43 left.
McLemore led the 1-1 Bears with a game-high 24 points, and junior forward Sean McNally of Gardiner had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Terrance Mitchell had 16 points for Maine, while Bernal finished with seven points, six assists and four rebounds.
Rob Hampton scored 15 of his 17 points after halftime for the 1-1 Spartans. Michael Deloach added 12.
The Spartans committed more turnovers (21 to 18), but outrebounded Maine 35-31 overall and 27-19 on the defensive boards.
Norfolk State’s biggest edge came in field goal shooting as the Spartans shot 56.3 percent to Maine’s 43.4. Maine was slightly better at the line, missing 11 while shooting 59.3 percent. The Spartans missed nine and shot 57.1.