ANNANDALE – There were 12 lead changes and eight ties Tuesday night, but the Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team couldn't tie the game one more time in the closing seconds as Montgomery escaped with a 69-67 Region 20 victory.
The Nighthawks drop to 6-13 this season and return to action at No. 15 Garrett Thursday evening.
Midway through the first half Tariq Felder, who finished with a team-high 19 points and 13 rebounds gave NOVA its largest lead of four. The Raptors quickly tied it up at 14 and extended their advantage to 25-20.
Then with 1:56 left in the half, Andre Seadey gave the Nighthawks a 26-25 lead, which was part of a 6-0 run. Montgomery though was able to close the half on a 5-2 run that was capped off by a pair of free throws.
To start the second half, Felder tied the game 30 seconds into the stanza, but the Nighthawks were not able to take a lead until Seadey scored from down low with 9:43 remaining. On the next trip down the floor, MC retook the lead, but Addison Burgess answered back when he drained a three to put NOVA up 52-51.
The Burgess three was the last lead for the Nighthawks, as the Raptors went up by eight with 2:35 left. NOVA was able to battle back in the final moments and got its deficit down to a bucket after Jordan Jones sank a three.
Following the Jones three, Montgomery tried to put the game away, but it was unable to as Andreas Nikantzam grabbed his second rebound of the night to give the Nighthawks one last shot.
Trying to tie the game with four seconds left, Jones could not get a clean shot off as his eight-foot attempt was blocked and the Nighthawks couldn't grab their 25th offensive rebound.