Eastern Kentucky withstood a 16-4 run late in the game to beat visiting Norfolk State 81-75 and advance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
The Colonels will play at home again at 7 p.m. Friday against an opponent yet to be determined.
The Spartans cut a 13-point EKU lead to one, 71-70, with 3:31 to go. After a drawn charge by sophomore guard Isaac McGlone, a Ja'Mill Powell three-pointer brought the lead back to four. Three scoreless minutes later, senior guard Corey Walden put the game away with a layup and free throw with 47 seconds to give the Colonels a seven point lead.
Walden and senior forward Eric Stutz both had 22 points. Walden also had eight assists and three steals. He leads the nation with an average of 3.1 steals per game. Stutz 16 of his 22 points in the second half.
Rashid Gatson led Norfolk with 22 points.
Murray State 81, Texas El-Paso 66: Center Jarvis Williams led all players with 25 points and 14 rebounds as host Murray advanced.
Tulsa 70, William & Mary 67: William & Mary's Omar Prewitt, a sophomore from Montgomery County, hit only 4 or 11 shots for 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
UK's Epps, O'Neill honored
Kentucky sophomore Makayla Epps was named to the All-Southeastern Conference women's basketball first team by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Her teammate, senior Jennifer O'Neill, received honorable mention.
Epps, a sophomore from Marion County, leads the Wildcats in scoring at 14.5 points per game. She was also named to the first team by the league's coaches.
O'Neill averages 14.4 points.
The AP named South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell its player of the year. Vic Schaefer of Mississippi State was voted coach of the year.
Adkins wins NAIA honor
Campbellsville's Keith Adkins, a Paintsville native, was named the NAIA's men's coach of the year. The Tigers (35-4) open tournament play at 8 p.m. Thursday against LSU Shreveport.
Also, Chelsea Craig of Campbellsville was named NAIA first-team All-America by the coaches association. The Frankfort native averaged 10 points and six rebound a game.