State basketball: Hampton crushes Morgan State, 93-65, in nationally televised MEAC game

Brian Darden scored a career-high 23 points and visiting Hampton crushed Morgan State, 93-65, in a nationally televised conference game Monday.

Darden hit a 3-pointer on the first possession of the game, made another two minutes later and a third to make it 13-10 just over five minutes in. Hampton (11-14, 7-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) then went on a 20-0 run to take control over the game, and the Pirates led 52-20 at the break. Morgan State made just three field goals after the five-minute mark in the first half.


Morgan State made an 8-0 run midway through the second half , with all scoring by Rasean Simpson, that cut the deficit to 66-41, but Hampton turned around and scored 14 of the next 17, six by Charles Wilson-Fisher, to go up 81-44 with 8:15 left. Wilson-Fisher, a seldom-used freshman, finished with eight points, a career high. Hampton had 12 of 14 players score in the game.

Reginald Johnson had 13 points, while Deron Powers and Dwight Meikle added 10 apiece in the game, which was broadcast on ESPNU.


Simpson led Morgan State (7-19, 5-7) with 23 points and eight rebounds.

UMES 71, Howard 60: Devin Martin scored 23 points and Mike Myers added 22 to help the Hawks to a home win.

Myers hit 14 of 16 free throws as UMES (15-13, 8-5 MEAC) made 23 of 25 overall. Ryan Andino added 11 points and Dominique Elliott 10.

The Hawks led by as many as 13 points, 49-36, after back-to-back 3-pointers by Andino. Howard scored the next nine to pull within 49-45 midway through the second half.


James Miller's basket with 4:31 remaining in the game gave Howard its first lead since the 7:40 mark of the first half. UMES answered with a 9-0 run, with seven straight free throws by Myers and Walker, for a 66-58 lead.

Miller led Howard (13-13, 7-5) with 17 points. James Carlton had nine points, ending a streak of 15 straight games scoring in double figures.

Coppin State 96, Delaware State 92: Sterling Smith tied a career high with 27 points and Arnold Fripp added 22 as the Eagles won a high-scoring road game.

Smith was 9-for-15 from the floor, 6-for-10 beyond the arc and grabbed 10 rebounds. Fripp made three 3-pointers, had 10 boards and three blocks.

Coppin State (6-20, 5-8 MEAC) closed the first half on a 15-4 run, including a 3-pointer by Fripp and six straight free throws by three players, and led 48-36 at the break.

Delaware State trimmed its deficit to eight on a three-point play by Jason Owens midway through the second, but Coppin State responded with a 13-2 run, with another 3-pointer by Fripp to go up 76-57.

Delaware State chipped away down the stretch as Coppin State struggled at the line late, making three of eight.

Amere May led Delaware State (12-14, 6-5) with 39 points and Kendall Gray added a career-high 25 points.


Hampton 78, Morgan State 44: Four Pirates scored in double figures as Hampton upended the host Bears for their third straight win.

Hampton improved to 13-11 overall and 9-2 in MEAC play. Morgan State, led by Tykyrah Williams' 12 points, fell to 9-16, 6-6.

Coppin State 80, Delaware State 62: Four Eagles reached double figures in scoring for the first time this season in a road win.

Genesis Lucas had a career-high 22 points to help Coppin State improve to 5-18 overall and 4-8 in MEAC play.

The Hornets fell to 5-19, 2-9.

UMES 61, Howard 54: The Hawks caught fire late in the second half as they knocked off the visiting Bison to avenge their loss two weeks ago.

UMES, which moved to 10-13 overall and 7-6 in MEAC play this season, scored 20 points over the final 10 minutes to hold off Howard (3-22, 3-19).

The Hawks secured their first double-digit win season since 2011-12.

Sacred Heart 66, Mount St. Mary's 60: Despite Jacqueline Brewer's career-high-tying 28 points, the Mountaineers fell at home in Northeast Conference action.

Mount St. Mary's (7-18, 5-9) could not overcome the hot-shooting Pioneers (13-10, 8-5 NEC), who finished 26-for-53 (49.1 percent) from the field.

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