Hampton coughed up a big first-half lead but recovered in double overtime to beat Winthrop 101-95 Sunday at the HU Convocation Center in Hampton, Va.
In the first overtime game for either time this season, senior forward De'Vaughn Maxwell gave the Pirates (6-7) the lead for good with 3:19 left in the second OT when his free throw broke a tie and gave Hampton a 92-91 edge. Hampton then closed the game on a 9-4 run to snap a two-game skid.
Winthrop, meanwhile, dropped its third straight and was left scratching its head as to how a four-point lead with 37 seconds to play in regulation turned into a loss. The Eagles (6-5) also dropped to 0-3 this season against teams from Virginia, losing to VCU and Virginia Tech.
Maxwell led Hampton, which snapped a two-game losing streak with the win, with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Pirates guard Brian Darden, meanwhile, had a career first half and the game-saving steal in regulation that allowed Hampton to prevail and tie the all-time series with Winthrop 2-2.
Darden led all scorers in the first half with 17 points, including five 3-pointers during a 17-5 run by the Pirates, who led by as many as 12 points early before going to the break ahead 37-32. But while the sophomore guard was held in check in the second half with only 2 points and one attempt from beyond the arc, his defense saved the day for Hampton.
At the end of regulation, Winthrop took a 76-72 lead with 37 seconds to play on two free throws by forward James Bourne, then Hampton guard Deron Powers was fouled by Eagles guard Keon Johnson. Powers sank both to cut the lead to 76-72 with 31 seconds remaining. Darden then stole the inbounds pass with 25 seconds on the clock and Hampton called a timeout to set up a play. Powers then knifed through the lane for the game-tying layup with 17 seconds left on the clock.
Hampton looked to have control of the game in the first extra frame when it took a two-point lead with 19 seconds left on the only two points of the game from guard Ramon Mercado, who sank a pair of foul shots to make it 86-84. But Winthrop answered when Keon Johnson layed the ball in with three seconds remaining to tie it and force a second OT.
Hampton guard Dwight Meikle added 16 points and five rebounds off the bench in the win, while Powers chipped in 13 points, four assists and four boards. Hampton's fifth double-figure scorer was guard Lawrence Cooks with 12 points.
Johnson, a freshman, paced the Eagles with 24 points, followed by 22 points from junior guard Keon Moore. Guard Andre Smith added 15 points and Bourne finished with a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. Guard Christian Farmer chipped in 11 points for the Eagles.