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Winthrop vs. Manhattan final score: Eagles hold off Jaspers in morning tilt

Winthrop can put up points in a hurry, and Manhattan couldn’t keep up

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The game dragged on for two and a half hours, featured 83 free throws, and 68 fouls, yet somehow, it was still entertaining.

The Winthrop Eagles escaped Draddy Gymnasium Tuesday morning with a 94-81 victory, handing Manhattan its second straight loss to start the season.

Winthrop led by nine at the break, then scored the first nine points of the second half to take control. The Eagles extended that lead to 19 with seven minutes to play, leaving Manhattan with little time to try and mount a comeback. The Jaspers were able to cut the deficit to 11 in the final minutes but drew no closer.

Joshua Davenport and Keon Johnson each had 22 points for Winthrop to lead all scorers, doing most of their damage from the line — Davenport shot 16-18 from the stripe, while Johnson went 11-12.

Zavier Turner was the leader for Manhattan with 16 points, but he did it on just 4-13 shooting from the field.

With the loss, the Jaspers are now 0-2 and face a tough test on Friday against state rival Hofstra. Winthrop improved to 2-0, but now must travel to two power conference schools, Florida State and Illinois.