HAMPTON, Va. -- Emmanual Okoroba posted career highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds and Jasper Williams came off the bench for a career-best 22 points as Hampton defeated American University 72-65 Tuesday night.
Deron Powers, the Pirates' leading scorer this season, tallied 17 points and a career-high 10 assists. Okoroba, who entered the game averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds, made 7 of 12 shots from the field while Williams hit 7 of 10 attempts -- five makes came from 3-point range.
Hampton (2-7) trailed 23-17 with 5:46 left in the first half but rallied to 26-all at intermission. The Pirates opened the second half on a 16-10 run to take a 42-36 lead and pull away.
American (4-7) shot 43.5 percent (10 of 23) in the first half but regressed to 38.2 percent (13 of 34) after the break.
Stephen Lumpkins led the Eagles with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|