Chowan Slips To Panthers At Home, 83-77
Capture #2 Seed with Win Over Chowan
2/24/2019 | Men's Basketball | Jim Juno
Virginia Union University's Terrell Leach scored a team-high 26 points as the Panthers downed Chowan University 83-77 on Saturday, February 23, in Murfreesboro, N.C.
The win enabled the Panthers to capture the #2 seed in the Northern Division of the CIAA. The Panthers will open play in the 2019 CIAA Tournament at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.
VUU's opponent has yet to be determined. The Panthers will play either Chowan, Claflin or Johnson C. Smith, depending on the outcome of the tournament's opening round games.
"This was a big road win to end the regular season and lock the second seed in the CIAA Tournament," said VUU Head Coach Jay Butler.
VUU's Jordan Peebles added 17 points while Demarius Pitts and Will Jenkins scored 15 points.
"I thought Jordan Peebles and Demarius Pitts played well in the first half," said Butler. "They allowed us to keep the game within reach because we were pretty bad defensively in the first half."
Virginia Union trailed by 10 (43-33) at the half before tying the game with 7:52 left to play.
"I challenged Terrell and Will to step up in the second half," Butler said. "They responded and made shots throughout, but most importantly we picked it up on the defensive end to secure the win."
The win gave VUU a final regular-season record of 18-10 overall and 13-4 in the CIAA. Chowan fell to 12-14 overall and 5-12 CIAA play.
PIRATES AVENGE EARLIER LOSS TO RADFORD WITH 74-71 WIN
RADFORD, Va. – Junior Jermaine Marrow scored 26 points and moved into third place on the Hampton University All-Time scoring list as the Pirates avenged an earlier loss to league-leading Radford with a 74-71 win on Saturday.
Hampton held the lead for almost 34 minutes on Saturday. After trailing 4-0 early, Marrow tied the game on a pair of buckets at the 18:25 mark. Hampton pushed the lead to as much as 10 points on a layup by Marrow with 5:50 remaining for a 28-18 lead.
Radford cut the lead in half on three occasions in the final six minutes with a dunk by Mawdo Sallah bringing the hosts to 37-32 at halftime.
Buckets by Marrow, Akim Mitchell and a 3-pointer from Trevond Barnes helped Hampton get the lead back to double digits with 17:04 left as Barnes drained a 3-ball to lead 44-34. Radford went on a 15-4 run to lead 49-48 on a Travis Fields Jr, layup with 11:17 left.
A dunk by Ed Polite Jr. with 8:40 remaining gave Radford its last lead at 55-53. Hampton responded with a 14-2 run to get the lead back to double figures with a 67-57 advantage on a layup by Ben Stanley. Marrow was 7-of-8 in the last44 seconds from the line to ice the win.
Mitchell added 11 points for Hampton and Kalin Fisher chipped in with 10 as the Pirates. With Marrow’s 26 points, he moved into third place on the all-time scoring list with 1,816 points. He now only trails Greg Hines (1.976) and Rick Mahorn (2,418) on the career scoring list. Marrow added four assists to move into third on the all-time list with 415.
Hampton returns home for Senior Night hosting second-place Winthrop at 7 pm on ESPN News Thursday night.
For more information on Hampton University men’s basketball, visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.