MBB PREVIEW: Bucs travel to Hampton for CIT Second Round match-up

MBB PREVIEW: Bucs travel to Hampton for CIT Second Round match-up

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern hits the road for the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament as the Buccaneers make the trip to Hampton University for a Tuesday night contest. Tipoff between the Bucs and the Pirates is set for 7 p.m.

CSU MBB Game Notes vs. Hampton (CIT Second Round)

Tickets are be available via Ticketmaster and by calling the Hampton University ticket office at 757-728-6828 on Monday. Prices are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizen and students. The game will be carried live on WatchCIT.com.

The Bucs and Pirates are two of three Big South teams still competing in the CIT as the duo join Presbyterian in the postseason tournament. The Blue Hose advanced to the CIT Quarterfinal round following their Sunday afternoon win over Robert Morris, 77-70. PC will take on Marshall on Thursday night in their quarterfinal match-up.

CSU fell in their lone contest against the Pirates this season as the Buccaneers made the trip to Hampton back on January 10. The Bucs led by eight points at halftime and by 12 early in the second half, but Hampton recorded a 23-2 run late in the second stanza to rally past the Bucs, 94-82, at the Hampton University Convocation Center.

CSU erased an early ten-point deficit to take a 48-40 halftime lead, and pushed its cushion to 54-42 on Deontaye Buskey's three-pointer with 18:40 left. The Bucs still led 70-63 following two Christian Keeling free throws at the 10:31 mark, but Hampton) ripped off a 23-2 run over the ensuing 7:01 en route to winning its first-ever Big South game.

Jermaine Marrow tallied nine of his game-high 35 points during the decisive spurt. Trevond Barnes hit back-to-back threes to give the Pirates the advantage for good and added a layup to cap the surge and provide an 86-72 lead with 3:14 remaining. Marrow and Barnes helped Hampton shoot a sizzling 66 percent after intermission and 56 percent overall, as the Pirates assisted 26 of their 35 field goals.

Phlandrous Fleming paced CSU with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Keeling posted 18 points in the loss. Balanced scoring enabled the Bucs to rally out of an early hole but turnovers proved costly in the second half, as Hampton converted 12 miscues into 19 points over the final 20 minutes.

The Bucs and Pirates finished the regular season tied for sixth overall in the conference standings with matching 9-7 records in Big South play. CSU advanced to the Big South semifinal round, while Hampton was eliminated in the quarterfinal round by Campbell.

Game Quick Hits
- Charleston Southern makes the return trip to Hampton on Tuesday night as the Buccaneers continue the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

- The Buccaneers picked up the first postseason win in program history this past Tuesday at home against Florida Atlantic, 68-66.

- CSU enters the midweek game with wins in seven of their last nine games, including a pair of wins over USC Upstate (twice), Radford, UNC Asheville, Presbyterian, Winthrop, and FAU.

- The Bucs appearance in the CIT marks the first time CSU has made a postseason appearance since 2015 when the Bucs make their second trip to the NIT.

- Charleston Southern is one of three Big South teams in the CIT Second Round joining Hampton and Presbyterian in action in the 13-team field.

- The Buccaneers have held the last nine different teams they've faced off against under 40.0% shooting from the floor dating back to February 16 against Radford.

- Hampton enters the Tuesday night game as one of the hottest teams in the country having won six of their last seven games.

- Tuesday's game features two of the Big South's leading scorers this season in HU's Jermaine Morrow (24.9, 2nd) and Christian Keeling (18.6, 4th).

- The Bucs fell in their lone matchup against Hampton this season as CSU was unable to hold off a Pirates' second-half comeback in the 94-82 loss.

Hampton Quick Hits
- Hampton finished in a four-way tie for fifth overall in the Big South regular season standings after posting a 9-7 record in conference play.

- The Pirates were paced by First Team All-Conference selection guard Jermaine Marrow. Marrow is second in the Big South with 24.9 points per game while sitting among the conference leaders in nine different categories.

- Hampton has won six of their last seven games dating back to February 21 in an 86-66 win over Longwood. The Pirates topped Radford, Winthrop, USC Upstate, Longwood (again), and St. Francis Brooklyn over the stretch.

- Hampton boasts the second-highest scoring offense in the Big South this season at 81.7 points per game while leading the conference with a 78.1% free throw percentage.

- The Pirates are second in the Big South in rebounding at 38.6, while also leading the conference with 3.5 blocked shots per game.

- Marrow leads the Pirates with 24.9 points per game, while Greg Heckstall is the rebounding leader at 7.0 rebounds per game.

- Marrow (82) and Kalin Fisher (50) are among the top three-point shooters in the Big South this season.