Hampton handles William & Mary 79-69

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Jermaine Marrow poured in 27 points for Hampton.

Jermaine Marrow poured in 27 points for Hampton.

HAMPTON, VA. – The Hampton University men’s basketball team ended its five-game skid on Saturday afternoon at the HU Convocation Center, upending William & Mary 79-69.

The Pirates improved to 2-6 on the season.

Freshman Jermaine Marrow led the Pirates with a season-high 27 points, going 10-for-20 from the floor and hitting three of his seven 3-pointers. Graduate student Lawrence Cooks poured in a career-high 23 points on 7-for-13 shooting.

Sophomore Trevond Barnes added 12 points, while AJ Astroth chipped in 10 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Hampton shot 48.3 percent (28-for-58) from the floor – including a 53.6 percent clip in the second half – and made seven of its 18 3-pointers (38.9 percent). The Pirates also went 16-for-21 (76.2 percent) from the free throw line.

The Tribe shot 55.6 percent in the first half and opened the game on a 7-3 spurt. A Marrow trey at the 13:10 mark cut the lead to 11-10, but William & Mary went on a 10-4 run to take a 21-14 lead after a Nathan Knight dunk at the 11:07 mark.

Hampton scored the next seven points, tying the game at 21-21 on a Marrow jumper with 9:14 left in the half, but the Tribe then scored 16 of the next 21 points to take a 37-25 lead with 5:14 left in the half after a trey from Greg Malinowski.

William & Mary took a 44-34 lead at the half.

Marrow had 13 points at the break.

Hampton opened the second half on a 17-6 run to take a 51-50 lead with 14:56 left in the game after a jumper from Marrow. The run later grew to 26-8 as the Pirates took a 60-52 lead after Cooks sank a layup with 11:12 remaining.

The Tribe cut the lead to 62-61 with 5:03 remaining, and Daniel Dixon converted a 3-point play with 3:50 left to cut the lead to 65-64.

But Hampton closed the game on a 14-5 run, clinching the 79-69 win on a Devon Oakley free throw.

William & Mary shot 42.6 percent (23-for-54) from the floor, despite shooting just 29.6 percent in the second half, and went 5-for-23 from 3-point range. The Tribe did hold an advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Pirates 37-26.

Omar Prewitt led the Tribe (3-4) with 21 points.

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