ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — After upsetting the top seed Radford in the semifinal round, Hampton University came out clicking against Winthrop in the Big South Tournament championship game.
The Pirates took a 22-9 lead after Jermaine Marrow’s three-pointer in the first half, and seemed poised to complete a Cinderella run to the Big Dance. But it was not meant to be.
Freshman DJ Burns scores 16 points, 12 of them in a critical second half stretch, to lead the Winthrop to a 76-68 win over Hampton on Sunday.
It is Winthrop’s 11th tournament appearance — all since 1999 — but only the Eagles second in the past 10 seasons. Hampton’s Jermaine Marrow, the nation’s third leading scorer at 25 points a game, was held to 18.
He scored 36 in the Pirates semifinal win over the Highlanders on Friday night.