Hampton Edges Yale 58-56

Dec. 30, 2008

Box Score

HAMPTON, Va. - Depth has been a strength for Hampton all season, and it was on display against Yale on Tuesday night. The Pirates' bench scored 36 points in a 58-56 win over the Bulldogs before a crowd of 1,243 at the HU Convocation Center. Christopher Tolson led the way with 21 points on 8 of 15 shooting. Ross Morin paced Yale with 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs trailed 58-52 with 3:23 left but had a chance to tie in the final seconds. Chris Andrews's three-pointer cut the deficit to three with 1:15 remaining, and Michael Sands made one of two free throws with 6.1 seconds left. Yale then forced a turnover on the ensuing in-bounds play, but an Andrews jumper from the wing rimmed out as time expired.

"It was a good look. It just didn't go down, but it never should have gotten to that point," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We held them to 32 percent shooting and shot 50 percent, but we turned it over 25 times. It's very disappointing. We didn't take care of the basketball."

Kwame Morgan added 14 points for Hampton (6-6). Micheal Freeman scored 13 points and Theo Smalling grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds.

Alex Zampier had 15 points for the Bulldogs. Travis Pinick added 10 points and seven rebounds, and Sands contributed seven points and six rebounds in 18 minutes.

Hampton made 14 of 17 free throws, while Yale was just five of 11 from the foul line.

The Bulldogs scored the first six points of the game and took their biggest lead, 29-18, on two Zampier free throws. The Pirates, though, outscored Yale 12-4 over the final 4:30 of the first half to cut the deficit to 33-30 at the intermission.

The Bulldogs built the lead back to seven midway through the second half, but Hampton again rallied. Morgan's three-pointer gave the Pirates their first lead, 50-48, with 5:35 remaining.

Yale shot 50 percent (23 of 46) from the field, but the Pirates had 18 offensive rebounds and attempted 16 more shots than the Bulldogs.

Yale continues a busy stretch on Friday with a game at Bryant. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. The Bulldogs then return to the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater for the first time since Dec. 3 when they host MIT on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity