Romeo Crouch added 16 points as he and Bell made eight of Presbyterian's 10 3-point shots. Presbyterian (10-9, 2-2 Big South) led 35-33 and went on a 9-4 run over the last 2:50 to close the first half.
Bell made a jumper and Kody Shubert added a pair of free throws to cap a 10-2 surge and Presbyterian led 62-49 with 11:05 left. Hampton responded with an 11-2 run and drew within five with 5:44 left but couldn't get closer.
The Blue Hose finished 17 of 23 from the foul line compared to 9 of 13 for the Pirates.
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