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Sunday, December 1, 2013
Hampton Pirates Snap Skid With Win Over UAPB Golden Lions
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Hampton University men's basketball team snapped its five-game losing streak on Saturday, coming back to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 72-65 at the American Bank Center on the second day of the Corpus Christi Challenge.
The Pirates improved to 3-5 on the season.
Senior forward Du'Vaughn Maxwell (Manhattan, N.Y.) led the Pirates with 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting and an 8-for-12 effort from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Brian Darden (Hampton, Va.) added 17 points behind five 3-pointers.
Maxwell also had seven rebounds and three blocks.
Senior guard Ramon Mercado (Hollywood, Fla.) added 10 points off the bench. Sophomore guard Dwight Meikle (Baltimore, Md.) grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Hampton jumped out to a 10-2 lead to open the game, taking that lead at the 17:08 mark after a trey from Darden – two of the Pirates' first three baskets of the game were 3-pointers from Darden – before APB scored eight of the next 12 points to cut the lead to 14-10 at the 14:20 mark.
Marcel Mosley tied the game at 15-15 with a jumper at the 11:06 mark, before the Pirates scored the next four points to take a 19-15 lead with 10:22 left in the half on a pair of free throws from redshirt-freshman guard Lawrence Cooks (Charlotte, N.C.).
APB answered with an 8-0 run to take a 23-19 lead with 7:34 left in the half on a fastbreak layup from Trent Whiting. Hampton cut the lead on the next possession on a trey from Mercado, but the Golden Lions went into the half up 37-32.
Darden had 14 points at the break.
APB scored the first six points of the second half, going up 43-32 on a trey from Tevin Hammond, before the Pirates went on a 15-6 run to cut the lead to 49-47 with 14:08 left on a Maxwell free throw. The Golden Lions scored the next seven points to take a 56-47 lead with 9:14 remaining.
The Pirates answered with an 11-0 run, taking a 58-56 lead with 5:27 left after Mercado hit two free throws. Darden added another 3-pointer with 5:02 remaining to put the Pirates up 61-57.
Davon Haynes cut Hampton's lead to 65-63 with 2:51 left with a free throw, but Hampton answered with a Maxwell layup, a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Deron Powers (Williamsburg, Va.), and a jumper from junior forward Emmanuel Okoroba (Garland, Texas) to take a 72-63 lead with 10 seconds to go.
The Pirates shot 46.0 percent (23-for-50) from the floor and made nine of their 24 3-pointers (37.5 percent) – as well as 17 of their 24 free throws (70.8 percent). Hampton also out-rebounded APB 36-26.
The Golden Lions (2-6) shot 44.7 percent (21-for-47) from the floor and made five of nine 3-pointers.
Daniel Broughton led four APB players in double figures with 16 points.
The Pirates will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 7, when they return to the HU Convocation Center to take on MEAC foe Florida A&M at 6 p.m. For more information on Hampton University basketball, please call the Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5811, or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.