DAYTON, Ohio (Sporting Alert) — Hampton picked up a 74-64 victory over Manhattan in the First Four on Tuesday night to earn the right to face No. 1 Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament later this week.
The Pirates (17-17), which shot 49.1 percent on 26-of-53 shooting from the field, became only the fourth team in NCAA Tournament history to come into the tournament with a losing record and win a game by double digits.
Quinton Chievous, who started strongly and reached double-figures at halftime, bagged a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds for Hampton, which won its fifth game in a row.
Reginald Johnson also scored in double-digits, after finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in the win, while Brian Darden chipped in with 13 points and four assists for the Pirates.
Shane Richards scored 17 points, four assists and four boards to lead Manhattan (19-14), which won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament title.
Emmy Andujar added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Jaspers, who had their four game winning streak snapped.
After jumping out to take a 38-31 lead at halftime, Hampton found itself in a battle in the second, as Manhattan rallied to trim the gap to one point with 13:32 left after Richards knocked down a three-pointer and Ashton Pankey finished off a layup.
However, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship winners answered back with a positive run of their own to take a 10 points 62-52 lead with 5:45 left before maintaining their advantage to the close.
With the win, Hampton punched their ticket to face the top-ranked Kentucky (34-0) in Louisville in the round of 64 on Thursday night.
In the second First Four game inside the University of Dayton Arena on Tuesday night, Stefan Moody scored 26 points and dished out five assists to lead Ole Miss to a stunning comeback 94-90 victory over BYU (25-10).
The Rebels (21-12), who trailed 49-32 at halftime rallied from the 17-point deficit to setup a round of 64 date with No. 6 seed Xavier in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday.
M.J. Rhett finished with 20 points and Jarvis Summers added 11 points, 10 assists and five rebounds for Mississippi, which shot 45-percent from the field as a team and scored 24 of their 42 points in the paint over the final 14:07.
Tyler Haws paced BYU with a game-high 33 points and Chase Fischer supported with 23 in the disappointing and shocking defeat for the Cougars.
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NCAA Tournament First Four Games
(16) Hampton 74, (16) Manhattan 64
(11) Ole Miss 94, (11) BYU 90