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.
Wilbon, Kornheiser call a basketball game for their alma maters
Michael Wilbon, who went to Northwestern, and Tony Kornheiser, who went to Binghamton, call a game that saw their alma maters faceoff.
LSU, Mississippi State enter top 16
The Ducks and Orange left Madison Square Garden out of the Power Rankings, which opened the door for two SEC teams to climb in.
No. 6 Nevada dominates Little Rock, 87-59
Caleb Martin scored 19 points, Jordan Caroline had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 6 Nevada beat Little Rock 87-59 on Friday night.