Dover, Del. (Jan. 14, 2017) --- Hampton took advantage of a big break at the end of regulation by outplaying Delaware State in overtime for an 85-77 win over the Hornets in a men’s basketball contest at Memorial Hall today. The defending MEAC champion Pirates were 4-for-6 from the field, including 2-of-2 on three-point shots, and perfect on 11 free throw attempts to improve to 3-0 in the conference and 6-10 overall. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Hornets, who fell to 2-1 in the MEAC
( 5-13 overall).
Delaware State was on the verge of a third straight win, but junior forward Artem Tavakalyan missed two free throws with the score tied at 64 and 1.2 seconds left in the second half.
The Hornets led by 10 points with a little more than seven minutes to go in the second half, but needed to claw back after Hampton used a 16-0 run to take a six point lead with two minutes left in regulation.
The score was tied for the ninth time, 74-74, when DSU’s Devin Morgan nailed his fourth three-pointer of the game with 1:47 left in the extra period, but Hampton’s Lysander Bracey answered with a three-ball on the Pirates’ next possession to give his team the lead for good.
Bracey was 7-for-10 from the field, including 5-of-6 on three-point shots, to tally 19 points for the Pirates. He nailed two three-pointers during Hampton’s 16-0 second half run and two more in overtime.
Jermaine Marrow was high scorer for the Pirates with 23 points, highlighted by four three-pointers (4-6).
Hampton’s Lawrence Cooks was 9-for-9 at the free throw line en route to an 18-point performance.
Morgan was Delaware State’s high scorer with 18 points. His four three-pointers in the game gives him 19 in his last five outings and raised his total to 51 for the season.
DeAndre Haywood tallied 16 points, while freshman Kobe Gantz came off the bench to add 15 for the Hornets. Gantz was 4-for -5 from the field and 7-of-8 at the free throw line.
Hampton shot 51.9% for the game, connecting on 28-of-54 shots, including 10 out of 17 three-point attempts (58.8%). The Pirates were 19-for-21 at the foul line (90.5%).
Delaware State was 26-for-59 from the field (44.1%) and 8-of-23 from beyond the arc (34.8%). The Hornets also shot well at the free throw line, connecting on 17 of 21 at the stripe.
Hampton won the rebound battle 37-25.
DSU will try to bounce back from the tough loss when they return to action on Monday (Jan. 16) against Norfolk State. The Martin Luther King National Holiday contest begins at 7:30 p.m., following the NSU/Delaware State women’s game.