NEW YORK— Has the battle of the Real “HU” come to its conclusion? Never, but Hampton did add another notch under its belt with a 71-53 win over its rival, Howard University.

The crowd was electric as two of the “Black Ivy League” teams squared off at the historic Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hampton controlled the tempo for the majority of the game, going on a 24-2 run to seal the victory.  This doesn’t settle the debate over “The Real HU” but it adds another chapter to this HBCU rivalry.

Chris Tolson has 8 of his game high 15 points in that 24-2 run. Both Danny Agbelese and Darrion Pellum recorded their first double double of the season, with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Agbelese and 13 points and 10 rebounds for Pellum. Agbelese also had 3 blocks on the night.

They couldn’t stop Howard from getting near, opening the second half with a 17-5 run to close the gap to 41-40 with 14 minutes left in the game. The Howard University Bison were led in scoring by 12 points from both Simuel Frazier and Mike Phillips.

Howard loses its first MEAC game of the year, and drops to 2-5 on the year. They play Delaware State next in Burr Gynasium. Hampton reaches .500 at 4-4 with the win, and 1-1 in the conference. Hampton will suit up to play Fordham University so they will stay in New York.

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