Beating the Best

FAMU’s Men’s basketball team won a 62-58 upset victory over the Hampton Pirates Monday. The Pirates are at the top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

Florida A & M’s men’s basketball team can now add a win over the MEAC top-ranked Hampton Pirates to its season’s resume.

The Ratters puled off the 62-58 upset Monday night, behind 21 points and 16 rebounds from sophomore forward, Amin Stephens.

“This feels good,” said Stephens. “Keeping the momentum from Saturday and picking up a big upset in a game that nobody expected us to win.”

Asked about his efforts during the game, Stephens sad he focused on his rebounding and that helped his productivity on offense.

“I was trying to stay aggressive on the boards,” Stephens sad. “I was looking for the easy points.”

Senior forward Larry Jackson said the win gives the momentum in preparation against MEAC rivals.

“It helps a lot with our confidence moving forward,” Jackson said. “After losing the first four games {in conference}, everybody was almost giving up on the season.”

The Rattlers received a surprising source of energy during the game.

It came from junior guard Christopher Watson whose contribution could not be seen on the stat sheet. Watson’s contribution was on the defensive end, as he drew the assignment of guarding the MEAC’s leading scorer,