Yannick Crowder put Florida A&M ahead with a tip-in with 27.6 seconds to play and Avery Moore added two free throws with 8.6 seconds left as the Rattlers held off Coppin State, 74-72, in the opening round of theMid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Coppin State (14-16) took a 71-70 lead with 46.3 seconds to play when Logan Wiens drilled a 3-pointer.
Crowder put the Rattlers (9-22) ahead to stay at 72-71 with a tip-in with 27.6 seconds left.
The Eagles turned the ball over on their next possession and were forced to foul Moore with 8.6 seconds left in the game.
The sophomore made two free throws to put Florida A&M ahead 74-71.
Freshman Taariq Cephas was fouled with 0.4 of a second to play attempting a 3-pointer.
He made the first, missed the second and intentionally missed the third, but a tip attempt by Wiens was short.
The back-and-forth affair, a rematch of the 2011 MEAC tournament championship game, included 14 ties and 16 lead changes. Williams' fifth and final 3-pointer of the game gave Hampton (11-20) the lead for good with 2:22 left.
Kevin Thompson's three-point play with 2:40 left, after an offensive rebound, gave the Bears (9-20) their final lead of the game. But Williams — who scored 14 second-half points — hit a 3-pointer from the right wing on Hampton's next possession to give the Pirates a 57-55 edge.
North Carolina Central 60, UMES 43: Percy Woods had game-high 17 points, but the Hawks (7-23) fell to the fifth-seeded Eagles (17-14), who advance to the quarterfinal round of the MEAC tournament.