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Wednesday, March 07, 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) Men’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 year’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 team’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 Tolson’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.

“We wanted to go inside and see how many times we could touch the paint,” said Hampton head coach Ed Joyner. “These guys are seniors and I wanted to put it on their shoulders. They did a good job of responding.”

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

“I thought we played hard as always,” said Savannah State head coach Horace Broadnax. “Hampton’s 2-3 zone gave us problems and we were never able to solve it.”

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 Blackman’s 12 points and eight from Rashad Hassan and Arnold Louis off the bench.

WILLIAMS AND O’QUINN LEAD NORFOLK STATE PAST HOWARD

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., March 8, 2012 -- Pendarvis Williams scored 22 points and Kyle O’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) Men’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. O’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 Andrews’ 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.

“I think we made the game a little more interesting than it should have been,” said NSU head coach Anthony Evans. “But the effort was there; we finished strong and got our 23rdvictory. When Howard tied it, we needed to play defense and get some stops.”

Williams was 7-of-9 from the field and hit five 3-pointers. O’Quinn, the MEAC Player of the Year, was 7-of-10 and led the Spartans in rebounding with nine.

“I thought we got comfortable and let Howard get back into the game,” Williams said. “They began hitting shots despite us being in their face. I knocked down a few shots and gained my confidence.”

Andrews scored 21 points with five 3-pointers to lead Howard. Simuel Frazier scored 14 while Calvin Thompson added 11.

“My guys tried to make a game of it,” said Howard head coach Kevin Nickleberry. “Norfolk State’s a veteran team and came back to make plays down the stretch.”

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