|Pirates Advance to MEAC Semifinals With 83-78 Win Over Morgan State||< All News|
|Wednesday, March 9, 2016|
NORFOLK, Va. – Reginald Johnson, Jr. recorded a double-double with 19 points and tied a tournament record with 13 assists leading the No. 1-seeded Hampton (19-10) to an 83-81 victory over the No. 9-seeded Morgan State (9-22) in the quarterfinals round of the 2016 MEAC Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Scope Arena on Wednesday, March 9th.
Johnson tied the record for most assists in a game that was held by Larry Yarbray of Coppin State, who dished out 13 helpers, against North Carolina A&T State in 1988.
The Pirates finished with four in double figures anchored by the backcourt duo of Johnson and Brian Darden. Johnson made 8-of-17 shots from the field to go with his 13 assists, while Darden finished with 14 points on 5-of-9 made field goals, including hitting 2-of-5 three pointers. Quinton Chievous grabbed a team-high nine rebounds while scoring 17 points. Jervon Pressley had 10 points and tallied five offensive rebounds.
Morgan State was led by Donte Pretlow’s game-high 27 points with four assists. He nailed 10-of-15 attempts from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point range and 5-of-6 free throws. Cedric Blossom dominated the interior with 19 points and six rebounds. Phillip Carr was the third Bear to reach double-digit scoring with 10 points.
Hampton sprung out to a 10-point advantage by the 14:05 mark in the first half on a basket by Jervon Pressley. Morgan State responded with a pair of consecutive 3-pointers by Andrew Hampton and Kyle Thomas cutting into the deficit. The Bears kept the momentum after a Cedric Blossom layup with 5:48 left in the half to give Morgan State a 33-32 lead.
Hampton’s Lawrence Cook drained his second 3-pointer of the half to give the Pirates a 37-36 advantage with under three minutes to play as Hampton went into half with a 43-38 advantage.
Hampton advances to the semifinals and will play the winner of Thursday’s matchup between No. 4 Bethune-Cookman and No. 5 Savannah State.