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MEAC Tournament 2011: Hampton Punches Ticket To NCAA Tournament

Hampton has won the MEAC Tournament and will advance to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Pirates topped Morgan State, 60-55, to win the conference's automatic bid.

Brandon Tunnel scored 20 points to carry Hampton to the win in a game that was ugly for both teams. Neither club shot better than 36 percent from the field, but Hampton outscored Morgan State by eight points on the free-throw line to get the win. The game effectively ended with 46 seconds remaining when Tunnel scored a righty layup and drew the foul to put Hampton up by six points.

Hampton returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. Morgan State's two-year reign of the MEAC Conference Tournament comes to an end, but not after a valiant effort. Reggie Jackson scored 25 points for Morgan State, but it wasn't enough to beat a Hampton team that was just deeper and stronger.