Hampton University‘s Division 1 men’s basketball team is off to a great start. For the first time ever, the team has taken a lead in the Big South Conference with a lead of 3 wins and no loses. The conference’s unique schedule has featured back-to-back games in order to limit reoccurring travel due to the pandemic. Read more details about the winning streak from WTKR below.

Hampton player Mark Sutton, courtesy of Hampton University Athletics

Behind career-highs from Davion Warren with 31 points and Chris Shelton adding 22, Hampton opened Big South Conference play 3-0 for the first time on Wednesday with an 80-69 win over Gardner-Webb.

Deuce Dean also joined the career-high group dishing out 14 assists as Hampton evened its record at 4-4 and 3-0 in the Big South Conference. The Pirates are 3-0 for the first time in league since the 2015-16 team started 6-0 in MEAC play.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs started the game with the first seven points to lead 7-0 on a Lance Terry 3-pointer with 17:06 left in the half. A 3-ball from Shelton got Hampton on the board 63 seconds later and started a 14-0 run by the Pirates. Warren scored the last five points of that run to lead 14-7 following a 3-pointer at the 11:28 mark.

After a 3-pointer by Jaheam Cornwall brought the guests to 37-35 with 18:19 left in the game, Hampton doused any hopes with a 15-3 run to take a 52-38 advantage on another 3-pointer by Shelton with 13:22 remaining. Saheem Anthony drained a 3-ball to give Hampton its largest lead of the night at 65-49 with 6:55 left.

Hampton University Coach Buck Joyner, courtesy of WTKR

Hampton matched its season high of 10 3-pointers and hit a season-best 45.5% from behind the arc. Shelton going 6-for-7 matched the school record for highest 3-point percentage in a game (85.7%) last done by Lysander Bracey on Feb. 3, 2018 against N.C. A&T.

Anthony joined Shelton and Warren in double figures with 10 points, while Daniel Banister just missed with a career-high eight points.

The same two teams will tangle on Thursday at noon inside the Hampton University Convocation Center.