HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University men’s basketball team will look to get back into the win column on Monday, as the Pirates square off against Morgan State at the HU Convocation Center at 8 p.m.
The Pirates (8-9, 3-1 MEAC) dropped their first conference game of the season on Saturday, falling 71-68 to Coppin State despite holding a lead with less than three minutes to go. Senior forward Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Manhattan, N.Y.) led the Pirates with 16 points – on 6-for-6 shooting – while senior guard Ramon Mercado (Hollywood, Fla.) came off the bench to add 12 points on the strength of 4-for-4 shooting from behind the arc.
Junior center Emmanuel Okoroba (Garland, Texas) added 11 points, and sophomore forward Jervon Pressley (Charlotte, N.C.) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Pirates shot 54.5 percent from the floor.
Morgan State (5-10, 3-0 MEAC) picked up its second straight win Saturday night, defeating MEAC preseason favorite Norfolk State 87-70 in the Spartans’ home gym. The Bears were picked to finish second in the conference this season, their eighth under head coach Todd Bozeman.
Senior guard Justin Black leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game, while redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles is averaging 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Anthony Hubbard, on top of averaging 11.6 points per game, is pulling down a team-high 6.5 rebounds per contest.
Hampton is 23-12 all-time against Morgan State, and the Pirates have won four of the last six meetings – including a split of last season’s meetings. Morgan State beat the Pirates at the Convocation Center 80-78 last season, before the Pirates returned the favor in Baltimore, Md. with a 64-62 win.
The Pirates are 10-4 against Morgan State at home.
The Pirates are 211-127 all-time as a Div. I program (since 1995) against teams currently in the MEAC, including an 11-5 mark in the conference last season. The Pirates are 3-1 in the MEAC this season after falling to Coppin State on Saturday.
The Pirates went 7-8 at the HU Convocation Center last season, even though they won three of their last five home contests. During Edward Joyner Jr.’s career as a head coach, Hampton is 32-24 overall in the Convocation Center, and the Pirates won their home debut on Nov. 9, defeating William & Mary 77-69, before falling 90-79 to Delaware on Nov. 17.
The Pirates won their first conference home game of the season on Dec. 7, beating Florida A&M 72-62, before beating Bethune-Cookman 85-52 on Dec. 9. Hampton also won home games on Dec. 29 and Jan. 4, a double-overtime 101-95 victory over Winthrop and an 87-60 win over Radford, before falling 71-68 to Coppin State on Saturday.