MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament

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MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference logo.png
MEAC Logo
Sport Basketball
Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Number of teams 11
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Norfolk Scope
Current location Norfolk, VA
Played 1972–present
Last contest 2014
Current champion North Carolina Central
Most championships North Carolina A&T Aggies (16)
TV partner(s) ESPNU
Official website [1]
Sponsors
ESPNU, Russel Athletics, State Farm Insurance, Coca-Cola, Nike, Wachovia

The MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament (popularly known as the MEAC Tournament) is the conference championship tournament in basketball for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The tournament has been held every year since 1972. It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records. The winner, declared conference champion, receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

History[edit]

During the first 17 years of the MEAC Tournament, the Aggies of North Carolina A&T dominated the field; winning multiple titles from 1972 to 1988, including a run of seven straight tournament titles from 1982 to 1988 under coach Don Corbett.[1] The Aggies currently lead the conference with a total of 15 conference titles. Through the 1970s and ‘80s, the conference witnessed several different tournament champions. The Eagles of Coppin State University won three titles during the 1990s (1990, 1993 and 1997) and earned seven No. 1 seeds. CSU Coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell also won six MEAC Coach of the Year honors, tying him with Corbett.[1]

In 2008, Mitchell guided his Eagles to their fourth tournament title with a 62–60 win over The Bears of Morgan State University. The Number 7 seed Eagles earned its way to the finals after getting by the Bison of Howard University in the first round, followed by the Spartans of Norfolk State in the quarterfinal, and then the Pirates of Hampton and Morgan State Bears respectively.[1] From 1989 to 2003, the Bulldogs of South Carolina State University captured more championship titles than any other team in the MEAC.[1] Led by coach Cy Alexander, the Bulldogs won five tournament titles (1989, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2003) and earned the top seed going into the tournament six times.

Among many outstanding MEAC players, NC A&T's James Sparrow, three time MVP, Eric Boyd, Howard University's Larry Spriggs, and most recently, Coppin State University's Tywain McKee. Sparrow, who earned two tournament Outstanding Performer honors, posted 21 points and 13 rebounds in the 1978 championship game against Morgan State.[1] Three time Tournament MVP Larry Spriggs of Howard averaged over 14 points and seven rebounds each year during the MEAC tourney.[1] In more recent MEAC history, Coppin State’s Tywain McKee holds the record for most total points scored during a single tournament with 93 during the 2008 tourney.[2] McKee is also known for his 2008 championship game performance against number 1 seed Morgan; in which McKee scoring on a five-foot floater with three seconds remaining to clinch the 2008 title.[1]

Year Champion Score Runner-up Location Tournament MVP
1972 North Carolina A&T 71–62 Howard Cameron Indoor StadiumDurham, NC Robert Lewis (HU)
1973 North Carolina A&T 86–81 Howard Cameron Indoor StadiumDurham, NC William Harris (NCAT)
1974 Maryland Eastern Shore 77–62 Morgan State Baltimore Civic CenterBaltimore, MD Talvin Skinner (UMES)
1975 North Carolina A&T 86–77 Morgan State Baltimore Civic CenterBaltimore, MD Marvin Webster (MSU)
1976 Morgan State 82–77 Howard Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC James Sparrow (NCAT)
1977 North Carolina A&T 66–63 Morgan State Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC Eric Evans (MSU)
1978 North Carolina A&T 82–77 Howard Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC James Sparrow (NCAT)
1979 North Carolina A&T 48–46 Howard Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC Larry Spriggs (HU)
1980 Howard 78–69 Maryland Eastern Shore Winston-Salem Memorial ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC Larry Spriggs (HU)
1981 Howard 78–69 Maryland Eastern Shore Winston-Salem Memorial ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC Larry Spriggs (HU)
1982 North Carolina A&T 79–67 Howard Winston-Salem Memorial ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC Eric Boyd (NCAT)
1983 North Carolina A&T 71–64 Howard Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC Joe Binion (NCAT)
1984 North Carolina A&T 65–58 Howard Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC Eric Boyd (NCAT)
1985 North Carolina A&T 71–69 Howard The PalestraPhiladelphia, PA Eric Boyd (NCAT)
1986 North Carolina A&T 53–52 Howard Philadelphia Civic CenterPhiladelphia, PA Thomas Griffis (NCAT)
1987 North Carolina A&T 79–58 Howard Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC Thomas Griffis (NCAT)
1988 North Carolina A&T 101–86 FAMU Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC Claude Williams (NCAT)
1989 South Carolina State 83–79 FAMU Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC Travis Williams (SCSU)
1990 Coppin State 54–50 North Carolina A&T Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC Reggie Isaac (CSU)
1991 Coppin State 54–50 * North Carolina A&T Norfolk ScopeNorfolk, VA Kenneth Davis (FAMU)
1992 Howard 67–65 FAMU Norfolk ScopeNorfolk, VA Howard Holley (HU)
1993 Coppin State 80–53 Delaware State Norfolk ScopeNorfolk, VA Stephen Stewart (CSU)
1994 North Carolina A&T 87–70 Maryland Eastern Shore Talmadge L. Hill Field HouseBaltimore, MD Phillip Alien (NCAT)
1995 North Carolina A&T 66–64 Coppin State Talmadge L. Hill Field HouseBaltimore, MD Phillip Alien (NCAT)
1996 South Carolina State 69–56 Coppin State Leon County Civic CenterTallahassee, FL Derrick Patterson (SCSU)
1997 Coppin State 81–74 * North Carolina A&T Joseph G. Echols Memorial HallNorfolk, VA Terquin Mott (CSU)
1998 South Carolina State 66–61 Coppin State Richmond ColiseumRichmond, VA Roderick Blakney (SCSU)
1999 FAMU 64–61 UMES Richmond ColiseumRichmond, VA Monroe Pippins (FAMU)
2000 South Carolina State 70–53 Coppin State Arthur Ashe Athletic Center and Richmond ColiseumRichmond, VA Mike Waitre (SCSU)
2001 Hampton 70–68 Maryland Eastern Shore Arthur Ashe Athletic Center and Richmond ColiseumRichmond, VA Tarvis Williams (HIU)
2002 Hampton 80-62 Howard Arthur Ashe Athletic Center and Richmond ColiseumRichmond, VA Tommy Adams (HIU)
2003 South Carolina State 72–67 Hampton Arthur Ashe Athletic Center and Richmond ColiseumRichmond, VA Dustin Braddick (SCSU)
2004 FAMU 58–51 Coppin State Arthur Ashe Athletic Center and Richmond ColiseumRichmond, VA Terrence Woods (FAMU)
2005 Delaware State 55–53 Hampton Arthur Ashe Athletic Center and Richmond ColiseumRichmond, VA Jahsha Bluntt (DSU)
2006 Hampton 60–56 Delaware State RBC CenterRaleigh, NC Rashad West (HIU)
2007 FAMU 58–56 Delaware State RBC CenterRaleigh, NC Brian Greene (FAMU)
2008 Coppin State 62–60 Morgan State RBC CenterRaleigh, NC Tywain McKee (CSU)
2009 Morgan State 83–69 Norfolk State LJVM ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC Reggie Holmes (MSU)
2010 Morgan State 68–61 South Carolina State LJVM ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC Kevin Thompson (MSU)
2011 Hampton 60–55 Morgan State LJVM ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC Brandon Tunnell (HIU)
2012 Norfolk State 73–70 Bethune-Cookman LJVM ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC Kyle O'Quinn (NSU)
2013 North Carolina A&T 57–54 Morgan State Norfolk ScopeNorfolk, VA Adrian Powell (NCAT)
2014 North Carolina Central 71–62 Morgan State Norfolk ScopeNorfolk, VA Jeremy Ingram (NCCU)

* Overtime

Tournament championships by school[edit]

School # of Tournament Championships Last Tournament Championship
North Carolina A&T 16 2013
South Carolina State 5 2003
Coppin State 5 2008
Hampton 4 2011
FAMU 3 2007
Howard 3 1992
Morgan State 3 2010
Delaware State 1 2005
Norfolk State 1 2012
North Carolina Central 1 2014
UMES 1 1974

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