LEXINGTON, Va. (HamptonPirates.com) – A second-half rally that saw Hampton cut a 17-point deficit to five was as close as they could get as the Pirates fell 79-64 to VMI on Sunday afternoon.
Hampton trailed 36-35 with 84 seconds left in the half on a 3-pointer by Chris Shelton, but the Keydets closed the half scoring the last eight points to lead 44-35 on a Greg Parham jumper at the buzzer.
That lead grew to 57-40 at the 14:34 mark on a steal and layup by Trey Bonham. The Pirates slowly worked their way back into the contest using a 10-2 spurt over a four-minute span to trail 66-61 on a 3-pointer by Marquis Godwin with 5:38 left. VMI put away any hope of a comeback by scoring the next nine points to lead 75-61 on a layup by Myles Lewis at the 2:45 mark.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS
Davion Warren matched his career-high with 20 points and seven rebounds to lead Hampton. This is his third game of 20 points in his Hampton career and matches his season opening 20 points at George Washington.
Marquis Godwin had a season-high 15 points hitting 5-of-8 from 3-point range, while adding five rebounds and two assists.
Dajour Dickens, making his first start of the season, scored 10 points and a season-high three blocked shots.
Chris Shelton just missed the double-figure club hitting 3-of-5 from 3-point range for nine points.
Hampton matched its season-high of 10 3-pointers going 10-of-25 (40%). They also hit 10 triples in the opening win at George Washington.
VMI had four in double figures paced by Kamydn Curfman with 17 points.
Hampton will host William & Mary on Wednesday night in its home opener at 6 pm. The game will be on ESPN+ as well as simulcasted locally on WSKY TV 4.