NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY/AP) — Norfolk State University has won the MEAC tournament, and now, the team is headed to the NCAA tournament.

Joe Bryant scored 17 points and Kashaun Hicks added 14, including a pair of clinching dunks, as Norfolk State defeated Morgan State 71-63 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament championship game to earn its first NCAA Tournament bid in nine years.

Bryant scored 10 straight points in a run that gave the Spartans a double-figures lead that eventually reached 16 points and lasted until there were three minutes remaining.

The Bears got as close as six before Hicks sandwiched a pair of dunks around Morgan State’s final bucket to ensure the Spartans’ seventh straight win. De’Torrion Ware lead Morgan State with 16 points.

Norfolk Festevents held a MEAC watch party at Town Point Park and later posted to social media saying:

“Thank you to all of the amazing MEAC fans who came out to Town Point Park this afternoon for the 50th Anniversary MEAC Basketball Championship Watch Party!⁣”