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Morgan State upsets Bethune-Cookman to advance to MEAC Tournament semifinals

Morgan States's head coach Todd Bozeman works the bench in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 87-66. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Tiwian Kendley scored 31 points and made two free throws with 7.9 seconds remaining to help No. 7 seed Morgan State upset second-seeded Bethune-Cookman 78-77 on Wednesday night in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal.

Phillip Carr had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Morgan State (13-18), which moves on to a Friday semifinal game.

Isaiah Bailey made the first of two free throws with 12 seconds remaining to give Bethune-Cookman a 77-76 lead. Kendley dribbled down the court and Bailey stumbled to the floor on a steal attempt, sending Kendley to the line.

Brandon Tabb's driving layup attempt rimmed out at the buzzer.

Tabb, the MEAC player of the year, hit an NBA-length 3-pointer — the only one of the game for the Wildcats — with 1:33 to play that gave Bethune-Cookman a 72-70 advantage. Tabb finished with 30 points and the Wildcats were 1 of 20 from long range.

Soufiyane Diakite had his second straight and 11th career double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds for Bethune-Cookman (18-14).

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