The Hampton University men's fifth victory in a row couldn't have come in much more dramatic fashion.
Senior guard Wesley Dunning sank a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in the second overtime Monday night to give the Pirates an 85-84 victory over Delaware State at the HU Convocation Center.
Du'Vaughn Maxwell, a junior transfer, led the way with a season-high 29 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season for HU (10-13, 7-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). Freshman guard Ke'Ron Brown added a season-high 17 points, while sophomore center Emmanuel Okoroba added 14 points.
Freshman Deron Powers of Williamsburg gave the Pirates a 56-54 lead with 1:29 left in the second half by hitting a pair of free throws. But Tahj Tate hit a 16-foot jumper with 53 seconds left to tie the game at 56. Okoroba nailed a 12-foot jumper with 21 seconds left to put the Pirates back up 58-56.
Maxwell's steal led to his fifth dunk of the night, with nine seconds left in regulation, to put Hampton up 60-56.
Casey Walker hit two free throws with seven seconds left to cut the lead to 60-58, then Brown hit one of two free throws to give Hampton a 61-58 lead. Walker then drained a 3-pointer with three seconds left to tie the game at 61 and force overtime.
HU led most of the first overtime, but Amere May hit a 3 from the top of the key with 18 seconds left to tie the game at 74, forcing a second overtime.
May banked in a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to give the Hornets an 84-80 edge, but Powers hit two free throws to slice the deficit in half. May then missed a pair of free throws, and Dunning sank the winning shot. DSU lost the ball out of bounds on its final opportunity to win.
The Pirates are off until Saturday, when they will entertain MEAC leader Norfolk State at 7 p.m.
Norfolk State 85, Maryland Eastern Shore 63
Junior Pendarvis Williams topped 1,000 career points as Norfolk State earned its 10th consecutive victory.
NSU (16-10) improved to 11-0 in the MEAC thanks to a dominating performance against the Hawks at Echols Hall. Williams led NSU with 17 points – he needed eight coming into the game to reach 1,000 – and NSU tied its season high with 85 points, thanks to an opportunistic run-and-gun offense.
UMES dropped to 1-19 overall, 1-8 in the conference despite a game-high 20 points from Kevin Mays.
NSU, meanwhile, extended its Division I record win streak and maintained first place in the conference, just ahead of North Carolina Central (10-0).
Williams sank a 3-pointer with 1:22 to go in the first half to top 1,000, helping NSU build an 11-point advantage at the break.
Delaware 75, ODU 73
DeShawn Painter had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Old Dominion, but the Monarchs lost to Delaware in Newark.
Jim Corrigan fell to 1-2 as ODU's interim coach.
Kecoughtan High alum Dimitri Batten added 15 points and Bethel High alum Aaron Bacote had 10 for the Monarchs (3-22, 1-12 CAA), who led 52-42 with 11:27 left.
Josh Brinkley’s layup with 2:54 left gave the Blue Hens the lead for good.
Brinkley finished with 10 points, and three other Delaware players scored in double figures.
Hampton’s BracketBuster home game against St. Peter’s on Feb. 23 will tip off at 2 p.m. instead of at 7 as originally planned. The game at the HU Convocation Center will not be televised. ...
Virginia guard Justin Anderson was named ACC Rookie of the Week after averaging 15.5 points, five rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in the Cavaliers’ wins over Clemson and Maryland.
Anderson is averaging 11.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his last six games.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times