HAMPTON, Va. (AP) Hampton took its first lead of the second half on a free throw from Emmanual Okoroba with more than five minutes left in the game, then pulled away for a 71-65 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore Monday Night.
Hakeem Baxter hit back-to-back 3-pointers that cut the Hampton lead to two, 67-65 with under a minute to play, but Deron Powers made a layup and Ke’Ron Brown added a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to preserve the victory.
Two-time MEAC player of the week DuVaughn Maxwell paced the Pirates (13-11, 8-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) with 17 points and 14 rebounds, despite struggling from the free throw line (1 of 8). Ramon Mercado added 13 points and Brown 11.
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KyRee Jones tossed in 27 points to lead Maryland-Eastern Shore (3-18, 1-8), hitting 12 of 13 attempts from the line. Baxter added 16 points.