HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac clawed its way back from 10 down late in the second half, and Umar Shannon (Atlantic City, N.J.) knocked down the game-winning shot with 1.6 seconds left, as the Bobcats defeated Hampton University, 71-68, at the TD Bank Sports Center on Wednesday night. With the win, the Bobcats improved to 3-1 on the year and extended its home-winning streak to eight straight dating back to last season.
It was a struggle to say the least, but Umar Shannon and the Bobcat offense persevered through a difficult night shooting the basketball. Trailing by 10 points with 6:45 remaining, Quinnipiac mounted a furious comeback to chip away at the deficit. Behind a 13-3 run over a six minute span, the Bobcats took the lead on an Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) layup, and then extended the margin to three on a pair of free-throws from Ousmane Drame (Boston, Mass.). Quinnipiac led 68-65 with 55 seconds showing on the clock.
Hampton knocked down a game-tying three with 30 seconds left which set the stage for Umar Shannon. Shannon let the clock tick down inside of 10 seconds and went to work on Deron Powers. The 5-11 guard from Atlantic City used a couple of screens from Drame to free himself up, and drilled a three in front of the Bobcat bench to take the lead. Hampton's last ditch effort was off the mark, leaving the Bobcats with their third win of the 2013-14 season.
It was the stellar play of Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) that allowed Quinnipiac to be in striking distance at the end. Hearst finished with career highs in points (22) and rebounds (14), which included 14 points in the second half. Azotam picked up his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Drame had 13 points and eight rebounds to pace the front court. Umar Shannon finished with 11 points, and remains just 11 shy of 1,000 for his collegiate career.
Quinnipiac connected on just 36.5 percent of its field goals, but controlled the edge on the glass to make up for it. The Bobcats corralled 50 rebounds, 24 on the offensive end, and mustered a plus-15 advantage on the backboards. QU earned 21 second-chance points, and held Hampton to 36 percent shooting in the second half.
In addition to Hearst's spark, Evan Conti (Bayside, N.Y.) also provided quality minutes for the Bobcats. He chimed in with six points and five rebounds off the bench. Kasim Chandler (Newark, N.J.) added five.
Hampton, who falls to 2-2 on the season, was led by Du'Vaughn Maxwell and Power with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Maxwell boasted his stat line with three blocks and five rebounds.
The Bobcats return to action on Monday, Nov. 25 with a road game at Maine. Quinnipiac and the Black Bears square off at 7 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.
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