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Senior Terry Tarpey and junior Omar Prewitt each recorded double-doubles as the William & Mary men’s basketball upended Hampton, 86-67, in a Thanksgiving Eve tilt at Kaplan Arena.
The Green and Gold limited the Pirates to just 33.3 percent shooting, and led by as much as 27 points in the second half of a game it controlled throughout.
W&M won for the fourth time in its first five games, including three contests against 2015 NCAA Tournament teams, while Hampton, which won the MEAC last season, fell to 2-2.
Tarpey pulled down a career-high 17 points, the most for a Tribe player in 20 years, while tallying 13 points, three assists, three blocked shots and three steals.
Prewitt shared team-high scoring honors with junior Daniel Dixon as both players poured in 22 points. Prewitt added 10 rebounds for his second career double-double, and with Tarpey, became the first pair of Tribe teammates to register a double-double in the same game since 2004. Prewitt was 7-of-11 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range, to go along with 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
For the second straight game, Dixon topped the 20-point mark, finishing 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-7 from 3-point range. He also blocked a career-high five shots, and as the team, the Tribe finished with 13 rejections, the fourth most in school history.
After Hampton opened the game with a lay-up 58 seconds into the contest, the Tribe ripped off a 16-3 run to take control. Prewitt and Dixon did most of the damage on the spurt, combining for 14 of the Green and Gold’s 16 points.
W&M scored seven straight as a Dixon 3-pointer from the left wing at the 17:42 mark gave the home side a 7-2 advantage. The Tribe ended the run with nine straight, extending the lead to double digits. Dixon scored on a driving lay-up, was fouled and completed the conventional 3-point play, before Prewitt converted back-to-back buckets in the paint.
Off an offensive rebound, sophomore guard David Cohn found a cutting Dixon for a lay-up, pushing the margin to 16-5 just four and a half minutes into the game.
Hampton answered with a 9-2 run of its own to draw within 18-14 at the 12:35 mark. Reginald Johnson, Jr., knocked down a 3-pointer, and a Trevond Barnes jumper from the right side of the key to cut the deficit to four points.
W&M scored seven straight points to regain its double-digit margin. Tarpey found freshman Hunter Seacat on the break for a lay-up, and sophomore Michael Schlotman fed Tarpey for a beautiful backdoor lay-up at the 4:51 mark, extending the advantage to 34-20.
Tarpey, who finished the opening 20 minutes with 10 points and 10 rebounds, sent W&M to the locker room with its largest lead at 40-25 thanks to a pair of free throws with 55 seconds remaining.
Defensively, the Tribe held HU to 27.3 percent (9-of-33) from the floor in the half.
Hampton started the second half with four straight points, closing the gap to 11, but W&M eliminated any thoughts of a comeback with an 11-2 run to take a 20-point lead. Dixon canned a pair of triples on the run, and Tarpey added one of his own four and a half minutes into the second half, giving W&M a 51-31 advantage.
Prewitt drilled a trey from the left wing, and sophomore Greg Malinowski slammed home a one-handed jam on the break to extend the margin to 60-35 with 12:05 left. Dixon’s fifth 3-pointer pushed the margin to its largest at 68-41 at the 7:04mark.
A seven-point Hampton spurt, thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from Johnson, narrowed the Tribe lead to 14, 75-61, with under four minutes remaining. The Pirates would draw as close as 13, but the Tribe pulled away thanks in part to Cohn’s perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line over the final three minutes.
W&M shot 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the field in the second half, including a 7-of-10 effort from 3-point range, to finish the night at 47.4 percent (27-of-57) overall. For the second straight game, the Tribe knocked down 10 3-pointers and was 22-of-29 (75.9 percent) from the free throw line.
The Green and Gold held a 45-40 advantage on the glass, and dished out 16 assists on 27 made field goals. Cohn finished the night a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe, tallying his first career double-digit effort for W&M at 10 points to go with three assists. Malinowski added seven points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench.
Defensively, the Green and Gold held Hampton to 33.3 percent (23-of-69) from the field, including a 26.9 percent (7-of-26) clip from 3-point range. Johnson and Cooks led the Pirates with 14 points apiece, while Darden added 12. Dionte Adams chipped in seven points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
The Tribe returns to action Saturday, when it faces a second-straight MEAC opponent in Howard on the road. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. from Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.
Tribe fans can also catch the action over the Tribe Radio Network with Wesley Kempton on the call.
With Tribe men’s basketball and football both playing on Saturday afternoon, the basketball game, in its entirety, will be carried on 107.9 Bach FM, while the football game will be on The Tide 92.3 FM. The audio broadcast of both can also be heard over the Web at TribeAthletics.com.