Tuesday, January 26, 2016

S.C. State Bulldogs Knock Off Top-Ranked Hampton on the Road

HAMPTON, Virginia -- South Carolina State junior guard Eric Eaves scored a team-high 18 points, while sophomore guard Ty Solomon nailed a late 3-pointer and tossed in two important free throws, to give Hampton their first conference loss of the season ,67-62, Monday (Jan.25) at the HU Convocation Center.

The Bulldogs gave head coach Murray Garvin his only true birthday wish with the road victory over league leading Hampton. SC State improves to 11-11 overall, 6-2 in the MEAC, while Hampton falls to 11-8 overall, 7-1 in the league.

Eaves was 8-of-11 shooting for South Carolina State, while senior forward/center Daryll Palmer chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds and sophomore forward Tashombe Riley added the games only double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Soloman finished with seven points.

Despite 15 lofty turnovers, the Bulldogs controlled the tempo in the paint outscoring (38-32) and out rebounding (47-42) the Pirates, while producing 36 unanswered points from bench play.

The game was tied at 60 with 1:28 left. After a Hampton miss, Soloman drilled a 3-pointer to go up 63-60. Senior guard Quinton Chievous made a layup to cut it to one, and Hampton fouled three straight times to send sophomore guard Ed Stephens to the line.

Stephens made both to make it a three-point game again. Hampton's Brian Darden missed a 3, and Soloman gathered the rebound, was fouled, and made both free throws for the final margin.

Hampton was led by Reginald Johnson Jr. with 19 points. Darden had 13 points and Chievous had 12 points and nine boards in the loss.

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