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Winthrop (1-1) vs. Hampton (0-1)



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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 16th, 7:00 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawrence Joel Coliseum (14,655) -- Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Winthrop 1-0, Hampton 0-0. Away Record: Winthrop 0-0, Hampton 0-1. Neutral Record: Winthrop 0-1, Hampton 0-0. Conference Record: Winthrop 0-0, Hampton 0-0. Series Record: Winthrop leads, 1-0.

GAME NOTES: The NIT Season Tip-Off will showcase the Winthrop Eagles and the Hampton Pirates this evening, as the two teams square off in the Consolation round at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

After opening the season with a 70-61 decision over Queens, the Eagles fell to VCU in the opening round of the tournament by a 67-54 margin. Winthrop is coming off a 19-win campaign and is looking for similar success this year.

As for the Pirates, they tipped off their season last night, and it was a rough debut, as the team was defeated by Wake Forest, 63-56. Hampton, which tallied only 14 wins a year ago, fought hard in the contest, but could not overcome a cold shooting performance.

Winthrop won the only meeting between the two schools on the hardwood.

The Eagles had their wings clipped in the loss to VCU, as the team shot a lackluster 35.6 percent from the floor, en route to the 13-point loss. Gideon Gamble was the only player in double-figures for Winthrop, as the guard came off the bench to pace the team with 20 points. After posting his first career double-double in the season-opening victory over Queens, George Valentine had a tougher time against Virginia Commonwealth, but still managed to finish the game with nine points and nine rebounds.

The Pirates had a chance to pull off an impressive win on the road, but they simply could not find a rhythm offensively, and eventually fell to the Demon Deacons by a seven-point margin. Hampton shot a dreadful 30.6 percent from the floor, and that was only half of the story as the team made just 3-of-21 three-point attempts and finished a miserable 9-of-21 from the foul line. Darrion Pellum led the way with 15 points, despite shooting a woeful 6-of-22 percent from the field. Charles Funches, who also had a tough shooting performance (6-of-16), finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Pellum and Funches are the top two returning players for coach Ed Joyner, but both players will need to connect on more of their shots if Hampton wants to win this year.

Even though Hampton was simply dreadful offensively, the Pirates still had a chance to beat Wake Forest on its home floor. If the Pirates can put together a better offensive showing, look for them to cruise to their first win on the year.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Hampton 71, Winthrop 58

11/16 10:33:14 ET