Davion Warren and Chris Shelton power Hampton past Gardner-Webb

Ray Nimmo, The Virginian-Pilot

One step inside and Davion Warren leaped to slam a one-handed dunk.

Gardner-Webb had trimmed Hampton’s lead to two points early in the second half before Warren seized control of the game by scoring a career-high 31 points.

The Pirates extended a narrow 37-35 advantage to 49-35 and rolled from there in a 80-69 win against the Bulldogs on Wednesday at the Convocation Center.

Chris Shelton added 22 points, igniting the Hampton offense early with hot 3-point shooting that continued throughout the first half of a back-to-back against Gardner-Webb.

Playing without injured forward Edward Oliver-Hampton, the Pirates deployed a smaller lineup reliant on outside shooting. Despite entering the game last in the conference in field-goal percentage, the strategy worked as Gardner-Webb’s defense appeared content to allow the outside shots.

But in contrast to what happened in the first seven games, Hampton’s shots found the bottom of the net often to extend their winning streak to three.

Ray Nimmo, 757-446-2364, ray.nimmo@pilotonline.com