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Hampton wins first Big South Tournament game, will face D1’s top scorer next

Hampton gets a win in its first-ever Big South Tournament game. Now it will face the task of stopping the top scorer in D1 basketball.

Hampton wins first Big South Tournament game, will face D1’s top scorer next

HAMPTON, Va. – Junior Jermaine Marrow scored 28 points and set a school and Big South Tournament single-game record for consecutive free throws made with 16 as eighth-seeded Hampton defeated ninth-seeded Longwood 77-71 in the first round of the Big South Conference Tournament on Tuesday night.

With the win, Hampton (15-15) faces co-regular season champion Campbell on Thursday night at 6 pm in the quarterfinals in Buies Creek, N.C.

After a first half that saw seven ties and 11 lead changes, the Lancers opened the second half on an 11-2 run to take a 50-42 lead on a Jaylon Wilson layup with 17:10 remaining.  Hampton responded with a 15-0 run to take a 57-50 lead on a layup by Greg Heckstall with 11:43 left in the game.

Longwood tied the game twice in the final eight minutes, the last being with 4:54 left on a JaShaun Smith jumper for 62-all.  Marrow’s putback 24 seconds later gave Hampton a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.  In those final 4:30, Hampton was 11-for-11 from the line and had one field goal, a 3-point play by Heckstall with 17 seconds left to lead 75-69.

Heckstall was next in scoring with another double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Akim Mitchell added 14 points.  Hampton was 20-of-50 from the floor (40%), 7-of-23 from 3-point range (30.4%) and 30-of-32 from the foul line (93.8%).  The Pirates outrebounded the Lancers 33-32.

Hampton faces a tall task against Campbell, led by Division I’s leading scorer Chris Clemons. However, HU did hold Clemons to a season-low 14 points in a 64-58 win. Marrow scored 26 in that game.

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