published Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Pellum-led Pirates edge Lancers

Hampton coach Edward Joyner screamed at Jasper Williams loud enough for everybody in McKenzie Arena to hear him.

"Jasper, that's a bad shot!" Williams exclaimed as his Pirates owned a one-point lead over Longwood in the consolation game of the Dr Pepper Classic on Friday.

But Williams, who spent two years playing for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, responded by sinking a 3-pointer from the right wing with 22 seconds to go, lifting Hampton to an 82-79 win over the Lancers.

"That first one was bad because no time came off the clock and it was contested, but it took guts," Joyner said. "He didn't let in faze him. And I'm happy he made the next one."

Williams finished with 14 points. Darrion Pellum scored 33 points on 10-of-21 shooting and came within one point of tying his career high. David Bruce added 11 points for the Pirates (5-9).

Antwan Carter led Longwood with 23 points, and Jeremiah Bowman added 19. Jan van der Kooij had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

"I was taking my time and taking the shots I wanted to take," Pellum said. "This tournament is getting us ready for the new year. We approach the new year with a clean slate."

Hampton scored only 40 points in its loss Thursday night. Friday, it led 45-37 at halftime. Pellum had 19 points in the first 20 minutes, including 11 points in less than three minutes early on.

The Pirates led by as many as 14 points in the second half and owned a 78-66 lead before Longwood went on an 11-0 run to pull within 78-77 with 1:47 to go. Martiz Washington had a chance to send the game to overtime, but his 3-pointer in the final seconds missed its mark.

"This was a great trip a great tournament, and I'd love to come back," Joyner said. "We would have loved to go 2-0 or been in the championship game. These are the types of teams we're going to see and the types of games we're going to be in."

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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