Hampton survives on the road against UNC-Asheville

The Pirates pull out a close one

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Courtesy of Hampton Athletics

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Ben Stanley scored 33 points, while Jermaine Marrow added 26 points as the Hampton Pirates rebounded from Thursday night’s loss for an 88-86 road victory over UNC Asheville on Saturday.

Hampton (8-10, 3-2) won its first road game of the season hitting a season high 57.1% from the floor (36-of-63).

The teams traded off leads over the first 13 minutes as a Stanley layup with 6:51 left put Hampton up 34-33.  A pair of Marrow free throws put the Pirates up 47-38 with 73 seconds left in the half.  UNC Asheville (7-9, 1-4) scored the last five points, all by LJ Thorpe to trail 47-43 at half.

Hampton held the lead throughout the second half leading as much as eight points twice, as a Marrow layup put them up 67-59 with 8:04 left.  The Bulldogs trimmed the lead to one after a  pair of Lavar Batts free throws with 11 seconds left.  Marrow hit one foul shot with five seconds and Hampton withstood a final 3-point attempt by Thorpe for the win.

Stanley went 14-of-22 from the floor en route to his game-high 33 points, while Marrow dished out five assists to go with his 26 points.  Greg Heckstall just missed another double-double as he had 11 points and nine rebounds.  Russell Dean recorded season highs of nine points and seven rebounds to almost join the double-figure club.

Thorpe had 31 points and nine rebounds to lead four in double figures for UNC Asheville.

Hampton returns to action on Monday night at 7 pm facing Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C.”

Hampton survives on the road against UNC-Asheville
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