2001 NCAA Men's Tourney

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Hampton 58, Iowa St. 57
Posted: Friday March 16, 2001 01:50 AM
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BOISE, Idaho (Ticker) -- Another exciting finish at the Boise State University Pavilion resulted in the biggest upset of the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

Tarvis Williams scored with 6.9 seconds left as Hampton closed the game with a 14-2 run to upset Iowa State, 58-57, in a first-round West Region thriller.

Hampton (25-6) will face Georgetown in the second round on Saturday. The Pirates are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance.

"We knew they'd make shots," Hampton coach Steve Merfeld said. "We felt like we matched up fairly well. They went up nine or 11 with 13, 14 minutes left. I thought they could be beaten. It's just a great credit to these kids." Iowa State (25-6) matched its largest lead at 55-44 on a dunk by freshman Shane Power with just over eight minutes left before Hampton began its improbable comeback.

Williams had a basket and Marseilles Brown made two free throws but the Cyclones' Martin Rancik scored to make it 57-48 with seven minutes left. Rancik's basket was Iowa State's final points of the game.

Williams and Adams each had baskets and Isaac Jefferson scored to make it 57-54 with just under three minutes left. Brown scored with 1:44 to play to cut the deficit to 57-56 but missed on a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left.

After the Cyclones' Jamaal Tinsley missed an ill-advised shot with 22 seconds left, the Pirates took possession. Williams took a feed from Brown and made his game-winner. Tinsley raced downcourt and missed a potential game-winning layup with one second left as the jubilant Pirates celebrated.

"I saw Marseilles and we made eye contact," Williams said. "I knew my defender was on my back. He gave me a great pass. When I got it, I was pretty comfortable. I just shot it and I knew it was going in." "I actually told our guys to foul since we had a foul to give," Merfeld said. " I think they got a clean shot, a clean layup (on Tinsley's shot. It rolled around the rim a bit and that gave them no time for a rebound. I was so elated." Williams scored 16 points for Hampton, the champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Brown scored 14 and LaSean Howard added 10. The Pirates are just the fourth No. 15 seed to win an NCAA Tournament game.

Ironically, Brown was also part of another big upset as a member of 14th-seeded Richmond which beat No. 3 South Carolina in 1998.

"I just tried to keep everybody cool," Brown said. "Being an underdog, they (the fans) are going to cheer for you if you can keep it close.

Williams picked up his fourth foul with 13 minutes remaming but Merfeld opted to leave his star player in the game.

"I told him we have nothing to lose," Merfeld said. "Go get them." Rancik and Paul Shirley led Iowa State with 10 points apiece. Tinsley was held scoreless in the first half and finished with nine.

The Cyclones made 23-of-57 shots (40 percent) but misfired on 6-of-16 free throws.

The Pirates' starting backcourt of Brown and Tommy Adams made just 5-of-23 shots.


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