Omaha, NE (WWBT)- Entering Friday, a 15 seed had only upset a two seed in the NCAA Tournament four times in history, the last being Hampton in 2001, when the Pirates knocked off Iowa State. At the end of the night on Friday, two 15 seeds had accomplished the feat in one day.
Norfolk State and Lehigh pulled off the improbable, advancing to the second round with wins over number two seeds. The Spartans entered as the 15 seed in the West Region and upset Missouri, 86-84. The two teams went into the half tied at 38, and Norfolk State survived some tense moments down the stretch to hold on for the win. Kyle O'Quinn paced the Spartans with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Chris McEachin and Pendarvis Williams pitched in 20 points each to help Norfolk State pull off the monumental upset. Norfolk State will move on to face seventh seeded Florida on Sunday.
In Greensboro, it was Lehigh taking down Duke in the South Region, 75-70. Duke held a two point lead at the half, but it would be the Mountain Hawks out-playing the Blue Devils down the stretch to clinch the upset. Guard C.J. McCollum dropped a game high 30 points for Lehigh on 10-of-16 shooting. The Hawks advance to face Xavier in Sunday's second round.