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Norfolk State bounces back, upsets Alabama in NIT first round

It wasn’t a cakewalk, but Norfolk State took down top seed Alabama in the first round of the NIT tournament on Wednesday night.

Norfolk State bounces back, upsets Alabama in NIT first round

It’s not about the rocky journey, but the wonderful destination.

Eighth-seeded Norfolk State visited one-seed Alabama for the first round of the NIT Tournament and left with a gritty overtime victory, 80-79.

It was not the easiest or prettiest path to victory for the Spartans and the win was never certain, down to the (second) final buzzer.

NSU had a chance to win the game tied at 67 with three seconds left in regulation, but couldn’t get two lay-ups in the paint to fall. A turnover from the NSU with five seconds left in OT almost gave the game to Bama, but the shot would not fall in the SEC squad’s favor.

NSU surely felt good for coming away with a win in a close game after dropping a last-second heartbreaker to North Carolina Central in the MEAC title game on Saturday.

Derrik Jamerson led the Spartans with 25 points off the bench. NSU advances to Round Two and will face fourth-seeded Colorado.

HBCU Gameday journalist. Bowie State University alumna. Prince George's county enthusiast.

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