The Rattler men’s basketball team took command in the second half Saturday, then outlasted the homestanding Pirates, 75-71 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contest at the Hampton University Convocation Center.
FAMU (4-18, 3-3 MEAC) won its second straight game with clutch play on both ends of the floor, and deadly shooting, particularly from Senior Guard Marcus Barham.
The Melbourne, Florida native finished with a game-high 24 points, highlighted by a 6-of-9 shooting performance from three-point distance. Fellow senior, forward Desmond Williams dodged foul trouble to finish with 19 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Justin Ravenel rounded out the trio with 13 points, splashing three triples on the night.
Also getting in some clutch play was senior guard Elijah Mayes, who finished with eight points, two points coming off a pair of game-sealing free throws, along with seven assists and a pair of critical defensive rebounds late in the game.
The Pirates (7-13, 2-3 MEAC) made a 6-0 run late in the fourth quarter capped by a Trevond Barnes foul shot to a 69-67 count with 2:32 left, but a jumper by Williams snapped the run, giving FAMU a 71-67 lead.
Williams would put the Rattlers up by four again, 73-69 on a jumper with 34 Seconds Left, then Mayes sank two foul shots with 24 seconds left, for a 75-69 lead, all but sealing the win for FAMU.