Williams hit a 3-pointer with 4:18 remaining for a 75-66 lead but Bethune-Cookman scored seven of the next nine, with a 3 from Jeffrey Altidort, to make it 77-73 at 1:52.
Nic Thomas was fouled at 22.2 and made two free throws to extend Norfolk State's lead to 82-78. Isaiah Bailey was fouled at the other end, went 1 of 2 at the line and the ball went out of bounds off Norfolk State. Brandon Tabb missed a 3-pointer and Alex Long sealed it for the Spartans at the line.
Steven Whitley added 14 points and Thomas 12 for Norfolk State (8-16, 6-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
Junior transfer Shawntrez Davis had 30 points and 17 rebounds -- both career highs -- for Bethune-Cookman (12-12, 6-3). Tabb added 17 points and Isaiah Bailey 13.
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James is the highest-ranked prospect to commit to the Vols under Rick Barnes and the highest overall since Tobias Harris in 2010.
Five-star point guard Josiah James, ranked No. 20 in the ESPN 100, has committed to Tennessee over Clemson, Duke and Michigan State.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|