Kaleb Meredith had 18 points and 10 rebounds and the Bucs held off Hampton 58-49 Tuesday night at Brooks Gym.
The result left UH 12-3 overall, 3-0 in the conference. Hampton fell to 12-7, 2-1.
“It feels good to go 3-0 in the conference,” UH coach Justin Penley said. “It gives us a leg up, but it’s early and we have another tough one with Cloudland coming in here on Friday.”
Jake Hubbard added 10 points for the Bucs, who led the entire second half.
Colin Daniel connected from 3-point range in the final minute of the second quarter to give the Bucs a 31-22 halftime advantage. Daniel’s shot from the left corner bounced high off the iron, but the rim was kind, causing him to break into a smile.
UH went cold in the third quarter and Hampton cut the Bucs’ lead to one but just couldn’t get over the hump. The Bulldogs missed a free throw that would have tied the game and then missed five shots that would have given them the lead.
“At times, offense was a little bit of a struggle for us,” Penley said. “We weren’t particularly sharp, but you have to give Hampton a lot of credit for that. Hampton is a good team. They have good athletes and good coaches. It’s tough to beat them.”
Jordan Bentley led Hampton with 11 points.
Hampton 40, UH 28
Stephanie Campbell beat the buzzer twice and Hampton’s girls beat University High.
Campbell drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Bulldogs a 15-9 halftime lead. She added a layup at the third-quarter buzzer and the Lady Bulldogs won going away.
Campbell finished with 22 points.
After UH scored the first five points of the second half to climb within a point, Hampton went on an 8-0 run, which in this game was a monumental accomplishment. It put the Lady Bulldogs up 23-14 and it turned out to be too much for the Lady Bucs to withstand.
Campbell’s third-quarter buzzer-beater put Hampton up 31-18 and UH’s deficit never got below double digits the rest of the way.
Hampton improved to 6-13 overall, 2-1 in the Watauga Valley Conference. UH fell to 8-8, 0-3.
UH was led by Callie Newberry’s nine points.