NORFOLK, Va. -- Femi Olujobi scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds and North Carolina A&T secured its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal appearance in five years, holding off Norfolk State 70-64 in a quarterfinal battle Thursday night.
The No. 4 seed Aggies take on top-seeded Hampton in the first of two semifinal games Friday night.
Norfolk State led by five at intermission, 37-32, and the Spartans extended the lead to nine on a Kyle Williams 3 with 17:15 left. NC A&T rattled off six straight points, half on an Amari Hamilton 3. After Steven Whitley hit two layups back-to-back, the Aggies went on a 12-0 run to take a 53-49 lead they never relinquished.
North Carolina A&T (20-13) led by two after an Alex Long jumper cut it to 63-61 with 2:20 left, but the Spartans managed just a single free throw before Whitley scored on a layup at the buzzer.
The win was the Aggies 10th in the tournament since the 2000 season.
Williams scored 20 points and Whitley added 15 for Norfolk State (14-19).