HAMPTON, Va. -- Patrick Cole scored a season-high 29 points and hit two late free throws to help Coppin State escape Hampton 67-65 in overtime Monday in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup.
Hampton (5-12, 2-2) rallied from a 51-42 deficit to a 56-55 lead behind a 3-pointer from Mercado at the 3:11 mark. But the Pirates were held scoreless until Maxwell's free throws with 12 seconds showing sent the game into OT.
Both teams opened overtime with a 3-pointer and exchanged baskets until two Cole free throws tied it at 65-65 with 52 seconds remaining. Hampton missed its ensuing shot, a 3-pointer, and Cole converted two free throws with 1 second left to create the final margin.
Neither team shot well, Coppin State (5-15, 2-3) at 33 percent (23 of 70) and Hampton at 34 percent (21 of 61), but the Eagles grabbed a season-high 48 rebounds.
Mercado led Hampton with 24 points.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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|