Hampton beats Delaware St. 51-32 in MEAC tourney
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP)—Darrion Pellum scored 12 points and Hampton held Delaware State to a season-low point total in a 51-32 victory on Tuesday night in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.
The seventh-seeded Pirates (16-15) advance to play second-seeded South Carolina State in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
Vincent Simpson had 11 points, Brandon Tunnell dished out eight assists and Theo Smalling grabbed nine rebounds for Hampton, which shot 50 percent in the second half to pull away.
Hampton’s zone defense was the reason the Hornets (8-24) went more than six minutes without scoring to start the game, shooting 24 percent overall. Frisco Sandidge led Delaware State with 11 points.
The two lowest-scoring teams in the MEAC combined for 37 first-half points, with Hampton leading 21-16.
Both teams split the regular season series.