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Hampton closes season in Big South tournament loss

Pirates were virtually perfect at the free throw line but it was not enough.

Hampton closes season in Big South tournament loss

Courtesy: Hampton Athletics

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – In a game that saw 14 lead changes with 12 coming in the second half, Jermaine Marrow paced four in double figures with 22 points as Hampton fell to top-seeded Campbell 86-77 in the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference Tournament on Thursday night.

Greg Heckstall came through with another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Kalin Fisher and Akim Mitchell each scored 10 points for Hampton.

Hampton’s only lead in the first half came on a Heckstall layup with 9:19 left for a 23-22 advantage.  Campbell outscored Hampton 16-8 in the final 5:08 to pull away for the win.

Hampton set a school record for single-game free throw percentage as they were 17-of-18 for a 94.4 percent clip.  The previous record was 94.1 percent set in 2001 against Coppin State going 16-of-17.  Just behind that was the first round game Tuesday with Longwood as Hampton was 30-of-32 (93.8 percent).

Chris Clemmons topped Campbell with 34 points going 17-of-19 from the foul line, including 14-of-15 in the second half when he scored 20 of his 34 points.

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