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Men's Basketball Drops Road Affair at Hampton
Updated: Wednesday 11/12/2011 (ET)
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Hampton, Va. - For the second straight game, the William and Mary men's basketball team fell on the road at a 2011 NCAA Tournament participant, this time dropping a 73-58 contest to defending MEAC Champion Hampton on Saturday night. The Green and Gold fell to 0-2 on the season, while the Pirates claimed their season opening.

Senior forward Quinn McDowell led a quartet of W&M players in doubles figures with 18 points to go along with a team-high six rebounds. Freshman guard Marcus Thornton came off the bench to add 13 points and a team-best three assists, while sophomore Julian Boatner added 11 points on 3-of-5 from 3-point range.  Sophomore forward Fred Heldring scored a career-high 10 points on 3-of-5 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the free throw line, while equaling McDowell for team-high rebounding honors with six.

Hampton scored the opening five points of the game, before Thornton led a charge to give the Tribe the advantage. The rookie guard scored seven of W&M's first 10 points, pushing the College its first lead at 8-7. His acrobatic lay-up at the 12-minute mark also put the Tribe back on top 10-9.

Five straight Pirates points sent the lead back to the home side, before W&M answered with a mini six-point run of its own. Trailing 14-10, Heldring scored in the paint and drew a foul. He converted the conventional 3-point play, before Thornton found McDowell in transition for a 3-pointer to give the College a 16-14 cushion with 7:11 remaining in the opening half.

Hampton responded with three straight 3-pointers to take a five-point lead. HU guard Darrion Pellum hit back-to-back triples before Jasper Williams added one from long-range, putting the Pirates up 23-18 with 4:36 left. The Green and Gold was able to pull back within one following three straight free throws by McDowell, but the Pirates scored the final five points of the first half to take a six-point margin, 32-26, to the locker room.

Leading 37-30 early in the second half, the Pirates scored seven straight points to push the advantage to double digits for good. Forward David Bruce led the spurt for Hampton, scoring three straight buckets in the paint, before Williams added a free throw to extend the home side's lead to 44-30 with 14:25 remaining.

After a Boatner 3-pointer cut the margin to 11, Hampton's Chris Tolson scored five straight points, pushing the advantage to 16. He knocked down a deep 3-pointer, before making a steal in the backcourt and converting a fastbreak lay-up to put the Pirates on top, 51-35, with 12:10 left. Thornton followed a Heldring 3-pointer with a driving lay-up to cut Hampton's lead to 10, 55-45, with 8:28 remaining in the contest, but the Green and Gold could get no closer the rest of the way.

Pellum led all scorers with 20 points, while Bruce added a double-double off the bench for the Pirates, finishing with 15 points and 12 rebounds. W&M shot 40 percent (18-of-45) for the game and knocked down six 3-pointers, while adding 16-of-23 from the free throw line. The Pirates finished the contest, shooting 42.2 percent (27-of-64) from the field, adding eight 3-pointers. The Pirates held a 42-30 advantage on the glass, and added 13 second-chance points and 25 points off of W&M turnovers.

The Tribe will return to action when it hosts Liberty in the Green and Gold's home opener on Monday, Nov. 14. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at Kaplan Arena. Tribe fans can catch the action over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley, Charlie Woollum and Bill McDonald on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM in Williamsburg is the flagship station of the Tribe Radio Network, and the broadcast can also be heard over The live video feed will also be available for purchase at the home for W&M sports.

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