Hampton won its fifth game in a row and kept the pressure on first-place North Carolina Central in the MEAC with a foul-filled 104-89 victory at Maryland-Eastern Shore.
The Pirates (16-11, 11-3 MEAC) entered the week tied for second place with three conference losses, two games behind the Eagles. They maintained that position, though not as easily as expected against the league’s last-place team.
The Hawks (4-22, 2-11) led 44-42 at the half, but couldn’t maintain that edge after intermission, when things got particularly chippy. By the time the game was over, the officials had called eight technical fouls.
Guard Du’Vaughn Maxwell scored 19 points for the Pirates before picking up his second technical foul in the final minutes and getting ejected. Guard Breon Key added 14 points off the bench.
Forward Troy Snyder scored 19 to lead the Hawks. KyRee Jones scored five points before getting two technical fouls and the ejection.
Hampton was called for 29 fouls by the time the game was over, and UMES 25. The Pirates won the game on the boards, outrebounding the Hawks 50-30.
The Hawks lost their fourth game in a row and have now dropped seven of their last eight.
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