Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer
In a game with 14 lead changes, the Hampton men’s basketball team lost 86-77 to Campbell University on March 7 in the Big South Tournament quarterfinals.
Junior guard Jermaine Marrow led the Pirates with 22 points, and Greg Heckstall had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Campbell guard Chris Clemons finished with 34 points, going 17-of-19 from the foul line.
While Hampton (15-16) missed out on the NCAA Tournament, the Pirates faced St. Francis Brooklyn on Thursday in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The game ended too late for the result to appear in this edition.
The Pirates have struggled away from Hampton, going 4-11 on the road and 1-2 on neutral courts. HU coach Edward Joyner Jr. talked about what it takes to win more games outside of Hampton.
“It’s going to take a certain level of concentration, certain level of commitment and a certain level of execution, and with us bringing back some of our better players as seniors, you expect them to be able to improve on that,” Joyner said.
The Pirates have had a challenging first season in the Big South. They have competed in four overtime games, and their losses came in close games on the road.
“In the games that we lost, probably three or four of those were in overtime and three or four of them were one possession games,” Joyner said. “You’ve got seniors and your better players coming back who now know these situations and know the places we’re playing.”