Winthrop to 11th NCAA Tournament with 76-68 win over Hampton

Winthrop to 11th NCAA Tournament with 76-68 win over Hampton
Winthrop beats Hampton to win the Big South Tournament for the 11th time in program history (Source: WBTV)

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Winthrop is going back to where it almost always used to go — the NCAA tournament.

Freshman DJ Burns scores 16 points, 12 of them in a critical second half stretch, to lead the Eagles to a 76-68 win over Hampton on Sunday in the Big South Tournament title game.

It is Winthrop’s 11th tournament appearance — all since 1999 — but only the Eagles second in the past 10 seasons.

Hampton’s Jermaine Marrow, the nation’s third leading scorer at 25 points a game, was held to 18.

He scored 36 in the Pirates semifinal win over top seeded Radford.

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