RELEASE DATE: 1/10/07
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Hampton Leads Mounties Past Defending PSAC Champions 80-66
MANSFIELD – John Hampton led the Mountaineers for the third consecutive game as Mansfield upset the defending PSAC Champions from Edinboro by a score of 80-66 on Saturday afternoon at Decker Gymnasium in Mansfield.
"Obviously this is a big and much needed win for us," said head coach Rich Miller. "It was a confidence builder for us to be able to come out and do the things we did this afternoon that we felt we could have done all season."
The Mountaineers entered the contest on a seven game losing streak with an overall record of 2-10 compared to the 9-4 record of the Fighting Scots.
Mansfield established it's offense early in the first half when a Terrance Williams lay-up sparked a 6-0 run to start the game but Edinboro responded with a 7-0 run of their own take the lead 7-6 with 17 minutes to play.
What happened next shocked the gym as the Mountaineers went 8-of-12 from behind the 3-point arc for the remainder of the half to pull away by as much as 12 points before closing out the half with a nine point advantage at 42-33.
Kevin Hill was 3-of-3 from the arc while Hampton was 3-of-5 and Terrance Williams was 2-of-3 totaling 24 points on 8--of-11 combined.
The second half started with a scare as Edinboro opened the half with an 8-0 run to pull within one point at 42-41 with just under 18 minutes to play.
The Mountaineers responded with seven unanswered points to regain an eight point advantage at 49-41 with just under 16 minutes to play but Edinboro came right back with a 7-0 run to pull back to within one point at 49-48 with 14:21 to play.
A lay-up by John Hampton put the Mountaineers up by three and sparked an offensive surge that saw the lead built back up to 11 points at 67-56 with under eight minutes to play.
A strong inside game from Brandon Lawley helped the Mounties increase their lead even more down the stretch going up by 17 points at 80-63 with only a minute to play.
The Mountaineers closed out the game with a 16 point advantage sealing the 80-66 victory and snapping a seven game losing skid.
Hampton led four Mountaineers in double figures with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting with five 3-pointers. He also has six steals, three assists, and two blocked shots. Brandon Lawley had a career high performance of 17 points with three assists and three steals.
Senior Terrance Williams netted a double-double performance of 16 points and 11 rebounds while dishing out seven assists. Kevin Hill added 11 points including three 3-pointers.
Daren Tielsch led Edinboro with 15 points while Kyree Brown added 11 points and Curtis Ingram added 10.
The Mountaineers shot 47.8% from the field and an impressive 45.5% from the 3-point arc hitting 10-of-22 3-pointers. Edinboro was 43.4% from the field and 60.0% from the free throw line. The Fighting Scots visited the charity stripe 30 times converting 18 of their attempts.
Mansfield committed 25 fouls while three players fouled out of the contest including Chris Pender, Dhimitri Luarasi, and Chris Greene.
The Mountaineers snap a seven game losing streak and move to 3-10 on the season while Edinboro drops to 9-5 overall.
The Mounties are back in action tomorrow afternoon, Sunday, January 14th, when they host Slippery Rock University at Decker Gymnasium in the final PSAC Crossover game of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 pm.