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Johnson and Powers lead Hampton past Morgan State < All News
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
NORFOLK, Va. – Reginald Johnson and Deron Powers each scored 18 points to lead five Hampton players in double figures as the Pirates downed Morgan State 91-71 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament opening round Monday. Brian Darden scored 15 points, and Ke’Ron Brown and Charles Wilson-Fisher added 10 each to help the sixth-seeded Pirates (13-17) advance to face third-seeded Maryland Eastern Shore in the quarterfinals Thursday at 6 p.m. Hampton outscored Morgan State (7-24) 10-5 over the final 3:21 of the first half to open up a 32-27 halftime lead. The Pirates stretched their lead to 53-42 on a Johnson jumper with 13:39 left. Morgan State closed to 57-53 on two Cedric Blossom free throws with 9:32 to play, but a 14-4 Hampton run sparked by Johnson, who scored all but two of his points in the second half, helped the Pirates pull away. Powers also contributed five assists and four steals for Hampton, Hampton who shot 61.5-percent (16-26) from the field in the second half. Wilson-Fisher the Pirates with eight rebounds. Blake Bozeman led the Bears with 19 points, followed by Torin Childs-Harris with 18 and Blossom, who double-doubled with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Morgan State was in last year’s championship game, falling to North Carolina Central.
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