Senior guard Umar Shannon made the winning 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining, lifting Quinnipiac to a stirring 71-68 comeback victory over Hampton on Wednesday night.
Shannon, a graduate transfer from Saint Francis, finished with 11 points. Guard Zaid Hearst and forward Ike Azotam both posted double-doubles for the Bobcats (3-1). Hearst amassed 22 points and 14 rebounds, while Azotam contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds. Azotam also climbed into eighth place on Quinnipiac's all-time scoring list.
Forward Du'Vaughn Maxwell scored 14 points and guard Deron Powers added 13 as the Pirates (2-2) lost their second straight. Hampton led for the vast majority of the game, building a 33-21 advantage by the final media timeout of the first half and taking a 38-32 lead into the break. The Pirates stayed ahead until less than two minutes remained in the game.
Hampton made just nine field goals in the second half and got dominated on the boards, where Quinnipiac held a 50-35 edge.
Shannon missed 10 of his first 11 shots from the field but made two 3-pointers with less than four minutes to go. The first narrowed the gap to 65-62 with 3:16 to go, and Quinnipiac capped its comeback on Azotam's bucket at the 1:49 mark, giving Quinnipiac its first lead (66-65) since early in the first half.
After two free throws by guard Ousmane Drame expanded the Bobcats' lead to three, Hampton guard Ramon Mercado answered with a 3-pointer to tie the score. Shannon worked the clock down to the final second before putting up his decisive shot.
Hampton had one last chance, but Mercado's heave from beyond half court caromed off the backboard.