Earl Jones and Michael Britt led the University of the District of Columbia to an 81-74 win over a stubborn Hampton Institute team tonight in a nonconference basketball game.
UDC, which won its own Tip-Off tournament over the weekend, is 3-0.
The 7-foot Jones, who scored 30 points, put the Firebirds ahead for good, 75-73, with 1:17 left to play on a dunk, and Britt converted a layup 25 seconds later. Britt finished the game with 24 points.
UDC, the NCAA Division II defending champion, was plagued by subpar free throw shooting in the second half and had several opportunities to pull away from the Pirates, who dropped to 0-2. Hampton led at halftime, 43-40, making 61.3 percent of its shots. They were led by Greg Hines, who scored 19 points, 16 of them in the first half.
"We were just letting him shoot in the first half," said Jones. "But I switched on him in the second half and forced him to change the arc of his shot." Jones held Hines scoreless in the second half until he converted a pair of free throws with 1:40 left to play.
Guard Tony Washington added 17 points from Hampton.
Jones, who scored 17 of his points in the second half, got many points on 18-foot jump shots.
Another key performer for UDC was substitute Neal Robertson, who scored 11 points, 10 in the second half.
Hampton had several opportunities to tie in the closing moments, but was hampered by poor shooting.
Hampton beat Coppin State in its opener last week, but the Pirates were forced to forfeit the victory when it was learned Gerald Moore, a former Virginia State player, had used up his college eligibility.