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Amin Stevens led the Rattlers with 13 points.
Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
Amin Stevens led the Rattlers with 13 points.
Pirates Too Much For Rattlers In 74-59 Loss
Release: Friday 02/26/2012 (ET)
by Florida A&M Sports Information
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TALLAHASSEE, FL (Feb.25) - For a while, it seemed as if the Hampton Pirates (10-18, 6-8 MEAC) would just run away from the Rattlers (8-20, 6-8 MEAC). Leading by 23 points with 19:34 remaining in the game, the Pirates were exhibiting a brand of physical play that the Rattlers just couldn't match. FAMU coach Clemon Johnson had seen enough and called a timeout. Johnson pulled the Rattlers close, and speaking very sternly, he demanded more effort from his team...and they responded. In the end, the Rattlers would lose 74-59, but it was not because of a lack of effort, the team was just physically outdone by a mature group of players from Hampton.

Out of that timeout, Yannick Crowder would score the first basket in the Rattlers' push to come back. At that point, the Pirates were leading 47-26. The Rattlers hit a streak that captured the imagination of the Al Lawson Center, to the point that most wondered had Hampton used all of their energy in building their enormous lead. With all phases clicking, the Rattlers widdled the lead down to a single point with 10:17 remaining in the game. In the end, the physical attributes of the Pirates was just too much for the Rattlers to match as Hampton went on to the 74-59 victory.

Amin Stevens led the Rattlers with 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field. He also added 14 rebounds for a double-double. Reggie Lewis also had a hot hand for the Rattlers as he hit 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Crowder would score double-figures on "Senior Night" by way of 5-of-10 shooting, while grabbing eight rebounds.

As a team, the Rattlers shot a meager 11-of-37 (29.7 percent) in the first half from the field. In the second half, they shot a scorching 14-of-30 (46.7 percent) from the field, to bring the game total to a respectable 37.3 percent.

The Pirates were led by Darrion Pellum, who burned the Rattlers for 22 points on 6-of-19 shooting from the field, including four three-pointers that kept the Pirates out of reach. Mike Tuitt would card 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Christopher Tolson scored 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field. Tolson, Tuitt and Wesley Dunning exerted their will on the boards, grabbing seven rebounds each.

The Rattlers will get right back to MEAC action on Monday as they face the league-leading Norfolk State Spartans in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.


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