Courtesy of SaintPetersPeacocks.com
HAMPTON, Va. – Desi Washington (Harrisburg, Pa./Delaware State) scored 26 points to power a second half comeback and lead Saint Peter’s past Hampton 66-59 in the ESPN Ramada BracketBuster men’s basketball game on Saturday.
Washington went 5-for-11 from the floor, 3 of 6 from behind the arc and 13 of 15 from the free throw line, including making 9 of 10 in the final two minutes to help seal the victory. The redshirt sophomore did not have a point in the first 17 minutes of the game and then recorded 26 points in the final 23 minutes of the tilt.
Markese Tucker (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic) added 11 points for the Peacocks (9-18) whileYvon Raymond (Maplewood, N.J./Nia Prep) chipped in eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the winning effort.
Du’Vaughn Maxwell posted 18 points and nine rebounds for the Pirates (11-15). Deron Powers and Ramon Mercado each added 11 points in the loss.
Trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half, Saint Peter’s used a strong second half to rally for the victory to earn the BracketBuster victory.
With the game tied at 45 with 9:18 remaining, the Peacocks outscored Hampton 21-14 the rest of the way to come away with the win. Washington gave Saint Peter’s the lead it would not relinquish on a jumper at 8:24. After Chazz Patterson (Browns Mill, N.J./Trenton Catholic) hit a jumper at 7:45, Washington made four-straight free throws to extend the lead to eight points at 53-45 with 6:49 left.
The Pirates made a run to trim the score to three points on two occasions, but Washington closed the game by making nine of 10 from the charity stripe to help end a seven-game road losing streak.
At the start of the game, Hampton jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead in the game thanks to four points from Emmanuel Okoroba and a basket by Powers.
Saint Peter’s answered with a 9-6 run to trim the margin to 12-11 with 11:54 remaining in the first half. Chris Burke (Willingboro, N.J./Willingboro) and Chris Prescott (Bloomfield, Conn./Saint Joseph’s) each nailed a trey in the spurt to power the run.
The Pirates then used a 15-2 run to grab a 27-13 lead with 7:38 remaining in the stanza. Mercado was the catalyst in the stretch with nine points, including a four-point play at 8:39. The Jersey City team did a good job on Mercado the rest of the way after only recording two points in the final 28 minutes.
The Peacocks ended the half by scoring 12 of the final 21 points to trim the margin to 34-25 going into the locker room. With Hampton holding a 32-17 advantage, Washington drained consecutive 3-pointers at 2:58 and 2:26 to cut the deficit to 32-23 and then the two teams traded baskets in the final 33 seconds before the break.
Saint Peter’s opened the second half on an 18-9 run to tie the game at 43 thanks to five points by Washington, five points by Tucker and four points by Raymond. Washington then took over the game and the Peacocks never looked back to earn the win in the first-ever meeting against Hampton.
Darius Conley (Newport News, Va./Warick) returned to the area that he grew up and went to high school. The senior posted six points and four rebounds on the afternoon.
Burke tallied seven points and seven rebounds in the win.
Saint Peter’s returns to the hardwood on Thursday at Canisius. Tipoff is 7 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN3.