HAMPTON-The Hampton University men's basketball team picked up its first conference win of the season Saturday evening at the HU Convocation Center, defeating Florida A&M 72-62.
The Pirates (4-5, 1-0 MEAC) have won back-to-back games.
Sophomore guard Deron Powers led three Pirates in double figures with 22 points, going 7-for-12 from the floor and dishing out a team-high four assists. Senior forward Du'Vaughn Maxwell added 15 points and eight rebounds.
Junior center Emmanuel Okoroba added 10 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Dwight Meikle grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
The Rattlers had control early, leading 17-9 at the 10:13 mark after a layup from Muhammad Abdul-Aleem, but the Pirates answered with a 16-6 run to take a 25-23 lead on a jumper from Powers with 3:55 left in the half.
A FAMU free throw cut the lead to 25-24, before the Pirates jumped out to a 32-26 lead with 1:29 left in the half following a 3-point play from Okoroba. Meikle added a jumper with 45 seconds left in the half to put Hampton up 34-28.
The Pirates went into the half with a 36-31 lead.