WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite a pair of 21-point career-high outings from Davion Warren and Chris Shelton, the Hampton Pirates fell to a blistering second-half from Howard in an 81-76 decision on Friday afternoon.
In a contest that saw eight ties and 10 lead changes, Hampton used a 20-4 run to open the scoring to take a 20-6 lead on a 3-pointer from Edward Oliver-Hampton at the 11:22 mark. That advantage grew to 17 points on a Warren layup with 2:47 left to lead 38-21. Howard scored eight of the last nine points of the half to trim the lead to 39-29 at intermission.
The second half saw the hosts light up the nets hitting 60% from the floor and went 20-of-24 in the second half from the line (83.3%) to outscore the Pirates 52-37. Hampton took its last lead with just over two minutes left on a Warren dunk for a 72-71 lead. Howard closed the game on a 10-4 flurry for the 81-76 win.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS
Warren, whose previous career high was 20 on three occasions, stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. The six assists matched his career high in the season opener at George Washington.
Shelton, whose previous career high was 19 in the season opener at George Washington, was 8-of-16 from the field and 5-of-12 from 3-point land for his 21 points. The five 3-pointers tied his career best for the third time. He also added a career high three steals.
Deuce Dean nearly had a double-double with 14 points and eight assists. The eight assists marks the fourth game of the first five that he had at least seven helpers.
Edward Oliver-Hampton had a double-double of 13 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds. That’s his second double-double in the last four games.
Hampton starts conference play on Monday night at 7 pm facing Charleston Southern in Charleston, S.C.