Winthrop scores over 100 points for first time since 1989

SONG SELECTION:

Summer Camp, “Keep Up” on the Bad Love album

Released on May 25, 2015 under the Moshi Moshi Records label

What a shooting exhibition by the Winthrop Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Led by Jimmy Gavin’s 26 points (5 of 5 from three) and Xavier Cooks with 22, the Eagles scored a 102-95 victory over Hampton in the season opener for both schools.  Winthrop last hit the century mark on November 25, 1989 when they scored 103 against a smaller school that was in the NAIA at that time.

It was also Winthrop’s Homecoming and after the slew of barbecues and outdoor games outside in the nice weather at Rock Hill, South Carolina–the action really heated up inside.

Hampton was led by the game high of 29 from Quinton Chievous on 12 of 20 shooting and 22 from Lawrence Cooks (no relation).

Even though Hampton won the rebounding battle decisively by a 51-33 margin, the shooting percentages were decidedly in Winthrop’s favor (31 of 59 for 52.5%, compared to only 35 of 79 for 44.3 percent for Hampton).

Nice touch done during introduction to the starting lineups

As each of the starters (including a member of the 2013 national champions from Louisville, who came to Winthrop via transferring again from Missouri in Zach Price) were being introduced to the crowd…each player shook the hands with all three referees and Hampton Head Coach Edward Joyner, Jr. who ironically enough–was seeking his 100th career win at the school but will have to wait until Tuesday at American University of Washington, DC to set that personal milestone.

One more upset to note on Saturday…which makes it five in less than 24 hours.

Radford toppled Georgetown as Rashun Davis nailed a last second three to win 82-80.

Couple that with UCLA dropping an overtime decision to Monmouth at Pauley Pavilion, there will be a lot of jockeying for position and isn’t even Thanksgiving yet.

Enjoy your football on Sunday–I will be back with another cool blog on Wednesday after the 24 Hour Tip-off Marathon.

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