Second half surge gives NOVA a win

Second half surge gives NOVA a win

ARNOLD, Md. – Coming back from nine down in the second half, the Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team was victorious over Anne Arundel Wednesday evening 86-78 in Region 20 play.

The Nighthawks improve to 5-10 on the season and are back on the hardwood Monday against Potomac State inside Ernst Gymnasium.

Tariq Felder put NOVA on his back in the second half when he tallied four of the teams first six points during the period. During that stretch, the Nighthawks got their deficit down to four at 39-35. 

Two minutes later, however, the Riverhawks surged ahead once again and led by eight with 16:19 remaining. NOVA then used a 7-0 run to pull within a point after Felder dropped in a bunny.

The Nighthawks though could not take the lead, as AACC used a 16-9 swing to go back up by eight midway through the frame.

Newcomer Elijah Shanks ended the Riverhawks run when he scored on a layup and then hit the front end of two free throws, which was the start of a momentum shifting 12-2 run. 

Wesley Hardaway gave the Nighthawks their first lead of the second half when he connected on two charity shots, which made it 65-63.

The game would then go back and forth until Felder drained another layup with 4:21 left, which helped NOVA end the game on an 11-3 run.

Felder finished the game with a team-high 24 points, while Andre Seadey closed out his evening with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists. Also scoring in double figures for NOVA was Jordan Jones, who had 13 points, while Hardaway tickled the twine for 11.