Hampton University’s season came to an end on March 18 as they were routed by No. 1 seed Duke University, 87-45, in the NCAA Tournament’s second round at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

Hampton, a No. 16 seed, shot only 36 percent from the field, barely scoring half as many points as defending champion Duke. Senior forward Charles Funches scored just nine points on 4-of-11 shooting to lead Hampton, not nearly enough to match Duke’s balanced scoring attack.

Freshman guard Kyle Irving returned from an injury to lead Duke with 14 points off the bench, while fellow reserve guard sophomore Andre Dawkins followed with 13 points.

“I haven’t played in three months, so this game was really nerve-racking,” Irving said to reporters after the game. “But once I got the butterflies out, I started to play really well.”

Sophomore forward Mason Plumlee and senior forward Kyle Singler scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Maryland native Nolan Smith, a senior guard, added another nine points to Duke’s total.

Hampton finishes their season with a 24-9 overall record, while Duke advanced with a 31-4 record. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will attempt to earn his 900th career win when his team next takes on No. 8 Michigan (21-13 record).

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor