Monmouth win Big Dance opener
Dayton, OH (Sports Network) – Chris Kenny scored 20 points, as Monmouth
advanced from the opening round of the NCAA Tournament with a 71-49 victory
over Hampton at University of Dayton Arena.
Dejan Delic added 14 points and Mike Shipman tallied 11 for the Hawks, who
will next play Villanova, the top seed in the Minneapolis Region. That game
will be Friday afternoon in Philadelphia.
Monmouth (19-14), which got into the field of 65 as champions of the Northeast
Conference, won for the first time in four trips to the NCAA Tournament. The
Hawks lost to Marquette in 1996, to Duke in 2001 and to Mississippi State in
Rashad West poured in 14 points for Hampton (16-16), which struggled by
shooting 30.2 percent from the field. Jaz Cowan added 12 points and Jeff
Granger scored 10 for the Pirates.
It also marked an end to a Cinderella run to the Big Dance for the Pirates.
They entered the NCAA Tournament thanks to a stunning run in the Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference Tournament, as the sixth seed had to win four games,
including a surprising 60-56 victory over Delaware State in the championship
Hampton, appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in six years,
couldn’t pull off another win like the shocker the Pirates had in 2001 when
they beat second seed Iowa State in the first round.
This marked the first time in 24 games that a team from the NEC won an NCAA