HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Tony Gallo scored 21 points and Coppin State held on to beat Hampton 73-70 Saturday night.

Hampton was ahead 37-29 with 17:33 remaining before an 8-0 run by the Eagles (10-11, 5-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) forced the first of seven second-half ties.

Coppin State took its biggest lead of the game, 53-45, after three free throws and a 3-pointer by Gallo and two layups by Antonio Williams.

The Pirates (7-14, 3-5) used an 8-0 run over the next 2 minutes to tie it at 53 with 6:53 remaining.

Gallo hit seven free throws in the final 3:39, and two by Michael Harper with 11 seconds to play put the Eagles in front 73-70. Darrion Pellum’s 3-point try for Hampton missed with 4 seconds remaining.

Harper scored 16 points and Logan Wiens 14 for Coppin State.

Pellum led Hampton with 24 points. Mike Tuitt had 12 points and 10 assists.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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