DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Reginald Johnson scored 15 points and added two late critical defensive plays to lead Hampton to a 74-64 victory over Manhattan in the First Four on Tuesday night.
The Pirates (17-17), who have won five in a row to get to .500, advance to meet top-ranked Kentucky (34-0) in Louisville on Thursday.
Quinton Chievous added 15 points and 13 rebounds before leaving in the final minutes with an injury.
Brian Darden had 13 points, including clinching free throws down the stretch for the Pirates, who got into the big tournament thanks to an unexpected run through the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.
Shane Richards scored 17 points and Emmy Andujar 11 for the Jaspers (19-14), champions of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.
Up next for Hampton, the #1 overall seed and undefeated Kentucky Wildcats Thursday night in Louisville, KY.