Hampton 79, Norfolk State 73 (OT)
One of the oldest rivalries in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference did not disappoint Saturday night when the Hampton Pirates rallied in the second half to upset the Norfolk State Spartans 79-73 in overtime in Norfolk, Va.
The win, which was led by 14 points by guard Dwight Meikle, allowed the Pirates (14-11 overall, 9-3 in MEAC) to overtake the Spartans (14-11, 8-3) for second place in the conference standings.
In the 123rd meeting all-time between the schools, Hampton snapped a four-game losing streak to Norfolk State.
Norfolk State used an 11-4 run -- thanks to five straight points, two blocks and two rebounds by center Brandon Goode -- with a little more than seven minutes left in the game, appearing to take control after trailing by as many nine points at one time in the second half.
But Hampton stormed back.
Near the end of regulation with Hampton trailing 66-64, Pirates forward Javon Pressley missed a jumper that was rebounded guard De'Vaughn Maxwell and tipped home to tie the game at 66. Maxwell was fouled on the play by Norfolk State guard Pendarvis Williams, but Maxwell missed the free throw. Hampton guard Brian Darden grabbed the offensive rebound but missed the would-be game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.
The Pirates, however, took no prisoners from there, scoring the first seven points in overtime and never looking back to complete the rally and stun the home crowd.
Hampton, which won three games in a row and six of its last seven, got 11 points each from its trio of guards -- Darden, Maxwell and Deron Powers.
Maxwell also added eight rebounds and three blocks and Powers chipped in six boards in the win.
The Spartans, who saw their two-game winning streak snapped, were led by Williams' game-high 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Goode added 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks and Norfolk guard Jamel Fuentes chipped in 15 points and five assists.
Norfolk also got a solid game from forward Riley Maye off the bench with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field.
Hampton, which improved to 6-11 against Norfolk State all-time at Echols Hall, won the game despite a rough shooting night from 3-point range, going 5 of 21 from beyond the arc.
Both teams have a week before their next game. Hampton is at Howard on Feb. 22, while Norfolk State will try to rebound in its next game at Coppin State the same day.
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