SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina-Upstate broke open a close game midway through the second half to defeat Hampton 68-49 to hand the Pirates their third consecutive loss.
Hampton had quickly fought back from a nine-point halftime deficit by opening the second half with a 13-4 run to tie the game at 38-38. With momentum appearing to be slipping toward the visitors, Upstate took command with its own 10-1 spurt, jumpstarted by consecutive 3-pointers by Ty Greene and Torrey Craig.
The Pirates would go just over six minutes without a field goal after tying the game in allowing the Spartans to get out in transition leading to several fast-break baskets. When Mario Blessing scored his first points of the game on a baseline jumper, USC-Upstate ran up its largest lead of the night at 61-43 with 2:40 remaining.
The Spartans held the Pirates to 33 percent shooting overall and only 21 percent from 3-point range while dominating the boards by a 46-32 advantage. A trio of Spartans scored in double-figures with Greene leading the way with 17 points, Craig scoring 15 and Jodd Maxey adding 13. Adrian Rodgers and Fred Miller contributed five assists apiece while Ricardo Glenn had 11 rebounds.
Du'Vaughn Maxwell led Hampton with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Ramon Mercado added eight points.
NOTES: USC Upstate forward Ricardo Glenn fell just shy of his fourth consecutive double-double for points and rebounds with seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds. ... Hampton failed to reach 50 points for only the second time this season after scoring only 43 in its last outing against Winthrop...The Spartans have now won 12 consecutive home games after entering the game tied for the nation's 16th-longest such streak. ... Du'Vaughn Maxwell was the lone Pirate to score in double-figures with 10 points. ... After sinking his first two tries in the opening minutes of the game, Hampton guard Jasper Williams missed his final nine shots. ... USC Upstate's Torrey Craig has scored at least 10 points in all 12 games this season and 31 of his last 33.