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Hampton 68, Howard 66

December 14, 1997

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) _ Doug Belton blocked Ali Abdullah’s shot with four seconds remaining Saturday to preserve Hampton’s 68-66 victory over Howard.

Byron Bailey hit two jumpers in the final minute, the last with 48 seconds left, to pull Howard (1-7, 0-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) within 68-66. After Belton blocked Abdullah’s shot inside, Jermaine Holliway grabbed the loose ball but was unable to get the shot off before the buzzer.

Torrey Farrington led Hampton (4-3, 2-0) with 18 points, while Greg Brown had 12 and Belton 10.

Melvin Waston had 20 points for the Bison, Holliway scored 13 and Bailey 10.

The Pirates opened the second half with a 16-0 run for a 56-44 lead, with Farrington scoring 10, and never trailed again.

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