HAMPTON, VA- The Hampton University men's basketball team jumped out quick and held control throughout, thanks to contributions from everyone Monday night in an 85-52 win over Bethune-Cookman at the HU Convocation Center. The Pirates (5-5, 2-0 MEAC) won their third straight game.
It was Hampton's largest margin of victory since March 4, 2010, when the Pirates defeated Howard 90-42 also at the Convocation Center. In all, 10 Pirates found the basket Monday night.Redshirt-freshman guard Lawrence Cooks led four Pirates in double figures with a career-high 17 points, while redshirt-sophomore guard Reggie Price added a career-high 16 points off the bench.
Senior forward Du'Vaughn Maxwell added 12 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Deron Powers had 11 points and four assists. The Pirates shot 50.0 percent (14-for-28) from the floor and made five of their 12 3-pointers in the first half, and Hampton led 11-2 after a trey from sophomore guard Brian Darden at the 16:53 mark. In fact, Darden scored nine of Hampton's first 11 points, hitting three treys to open the contest.
Bethune-Cookman closed the gap to 11-8 with a 6-0 spurt, and the Wildcats later closed the gap to 18-12 at the 8:21 mark. But Hampton answered with an 18-0 run, going up 36-12 at the 4:20 mark after a layup from Powers. Price scored on a tip-in with 44 seconds left in the half to put Hampton up 44-23, and sophomore guard Miles Jackson (Silver Spring, Md.) ended the half with a fadeaway jumper in the final second to send the Pirates into the locker room with a 47-25 lead. Price had 10 points at the break. Darden and Maxwell had nine each.