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Pirates rout Spartans to earn spot in MEAC championship game

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Friday, March 11, 2011; 10:41 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Kwame Morgan scored 30 points to lead Hampton to an 85-61 victory over Norfolk State on Friday night and a spot in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament title game.

Darrion Pellum added 18 points for the Pirates (23-8), who will face two-time defending tournament champion Morgan State (17-13) on Saturday.

Hampton trailed 24-14 in the opening half but came back to take a 37-33 halftime lead. The Pirates continued to lead, 44-39, with less than 15 minutes to play and used a 20-5 run, capped by two free throws from Morgan, to pull ahead 64-44 with just over 6 minutes left.

The Spartans (12-20) went 9:30 without a field goal in the second half, turning a seven-point hole into a 22-point deficit with 4:10 remaining

Kyle O'Quinn scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for Norfolk State. Rob Hampton added 15 points, Brandon Wheeless had 11 and Tim Zephyr 10.

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