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HU men open with 77-69 win against William and Mary

HU men open with 77-69 win against William and Mary

HAMPTON — Brian Darden was understandably nervous heading into his first college basketball game in a year. Once he buried his first shot, though, he and Hampton University were off and running.

Darden's 3-point barrage fueled an early surge and the Pirates held off William and Mary 77-69 Friday at the HU Convocation Center in the season opener for both teams.

"My nerves were crazy," said Darden, who starred at Phoebus High and transferred to HU after a year at Radford. "I was so anxious for this first game. But I prepped myself for this moment, so when the moment came I was able to capitalize."

Darden hit four 3-pointers and scored a dozen...

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