NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Reginald Johnson and Deron Powers scored 18 points apiece and No. 6 seed Hampton beat 11th-seeded Morgan State on Monday in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.
The Pirates will play third-seeded Maryland Eastern Shore on Thursday in the quarterfinals. Hampton beat the Hawks 64-61 on Feb. 7 in their only meeting this season.
Hampton ended the first half on a 9-3 run for a 37-32 lead.
The Bears got within 57-53 after two Cedric Blossom free throws with 9:32 left. But Hampton answered with a 14-4 run, with seven points by Johnson, for a 71-57 advantage.
Morgan State (7-24), which reached the MEAC championship game last season, lost its sixth straight game.