|Men's Basketball Quarterfinals - Day 2||< All News|
|Wednesday, March 7, 2012|
HAMPTON COMBINES THE SCORING OF PELLUM AND TOLSON INTO WIN OVER SAVANNAH STATE
Winston-Salem, N.C., March 8, 2012- Christopher Tolson scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half and Darrion Pellum tallied 12 of his 14 after the intermission to help Hampton pull away to a win over Savannah State in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Menâ€™s Basketball Tournament at the LJVM.
The No. 8 Pirates advance to the semifinal round where they will play the winner of the North Carolina Central/Bethune Cookman game on Friday at 8 p.m.
The Pirates (12-20) used their experience of having won last yearâ€™s tournament to start the half with a 9-3 run to get some breathing room at 32-25. But the Tigers (21-11), the Number one seed, responded with a 10-5 run to pull within two at 37-35 at the 8:32 mark.
That is when Pellum and Tolson took over. Pellum, a first-team all conference selection hit two free-throws, which capped out the run and he scored nine of his teamâ€™s 11 points during a seven minute span.
The Tigers, who were the top seed in the tournament, would mount another run with a 16-11 spurt to get to within four at 48-44 with 3:53 still remaining.
It was then Tolsonâ€™s turn as he scored 13 straight points over a six-minute span. Hampton would then put the game away at the free-throw line, connecting on 9-of-10 down the stretch.
â€œWe wanted to go inside and see how many times we could touch the paint,â€ said Hampton head coach Ed Joyner. â€œThese guys are seniors and I wanted to put it on their shoulders. They did a good job of responding.â€
The Pirates defense played a major role in the victory. The Hampton front line blocked 12 shots, forced the Tigers into a season low 27-percent shooting and converted 21 turnovers into 26 points
â€œI thought we played hard as always,â€ said Savannah State head coach Horace Broadnax. â€œHamptonâ€™s 2-3 zone gave us problems and we were never able to solve it.â€
For the Pirates, Wesley Dunning scored eight of his 10 points in the first half to keep his team close. Danny Agbelese was a strong presence on the defensive side with eight blocked shots.
The Tigers were led by Preston Blackmanâ€™s 12 points and eight from Rashad Hassan and Arnold Louis off the bench.
WILLIAMS AND Oâ€™QUINN LEAD NORFOLK STATE PAST HOWARD
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., March 8, 2012 -- Pendarvis Williams scored 22 points and Kyle Oâ€™Quinn 18 as second-seeded Norfolk State held off a furious comeback by 10th-seeded Howard for a 71-61 victory in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Menâ€™s Basketball Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Norfolk State (23-9) will play the winner of the Delaware State/Florida A&M game in the semifinal Friday at 8 p.m.
Howard stayed close early 15-14 on a Tre Lee lay-up with 10:50 remaining. Oâ€™Quinn scored 10 in an 18-0 run which gave the Spartans a 33-14 lead. The Spartans saw their lead dwindle to 36-26 over the final five minutes of the first half.
Howard started the second half hitting its first seven shots and 11 of 14 to pull to a 54-54 tie with 6:47 remaining on Glen Andrewsâ€™ 3-pointer.
Williams responded with a pair of 3-pointers on a 9-0 Norfolk State run to give the Spartans a 63-54 advantage with 4:07 to play.
â€œI think we made the game a little more interesting than it should have been,â€ said NSU head coach Anthony Evans. â€œBut the effort was there; we finished strong and got our 23rdvictory. When Howard tied it, we needed to play defense and get some stops.â€
Williams was 7-of-9 from the field and hit five 3-pointers. Oâ€™Quinn, the MEAC Player of the Year, was 7-of-10 and led the Spartans in rebounding with nine.
â€œI thought we got comfortable and let Howard get back into the game,â€ Williams said. â€œThey began hitting shots despite us being in their face. I knocked down a few shots and gained my confidence.â€
Andrews scored 21 points with five 3-pointers to lead Howard. Simuel Frazier scored 14 while Calvin Thompson added 11.
â€œMy guys tried to make a game of it,â€ said Howard head coach Kevin Nickleberry. â€œNorfolk Stateâ€™s a veteran team and came back to make plays down the stretch.â€