Western Michigan Drops Opener in Overtime to Hampton, 87-81

Updated 11/18/2000
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Marseilles Brown scored 19 points and Tarvis Williams got six of his 18 points in overtime as Hampton defeated Western Michigan 87-81 in each team's opener Saturday night.

The Pirates held the Broncos scoreless over the final 3:42 of overtime to spoil Robert McCullum's debut as Western's coach.

Hampton led 35-23 with 4:35 left in the first half before the Broncos pulled to within 37-35 at intermission.

Tommy Adams' layup gave Hampton its biggest lead of the second half, 74-67, with 3:37 remaining. Western rallied behind seven points down the stretch from Steve Reynolds, including a 3-pointer that tied the game at 78 with 38 seconds to go.

Two free throws by Anthony Kann gave the Broncos an 81-80 lead with 3:42 left in overtime. Williams tied it with a free throw 1:17 later, and put Hampton ahead to stay with another free throw with 1:45 remaining.

Adams finished with 17 points for the Pirates.

Reynolds finished with a game-high 21 points and had 10 rebounds for Western. Jon Powell added 17 points.