ANNANDALE – A come back from 13 down in the second half was nearly completed, but Frank Agyemang shot rimmed out as second ranked Richard Bland escaped with an 81-80 victory over the Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team Wednesday night.
The Nighthawks are now 0-2 on the season and return to the floor Saturday against CCBC Dundalk at the Montgomery Tipoff Classic.
Agyemang put NOVA up 5-0 early in the game, but an 9-0 RBC run put the Statesmen up 9-5 with 14:24 left in the first period. The Nighthawks were able to regain the lead when Tavaris James sunk a jumper with just over six minutes left in the half to make it 27-20 in favor NOVA.
RBC, however, went on an 18-4 run to grab a 38-31 advantage with 1:15 left in the first 20 minutes. The Nighthawks though were able to get the deficit down to three (39-36) at the break after a Drew Jackson basket
After getting within one a couple of times early in the second period, the Nighthawks could not draw any closer as the Statesmen went back up by nine.
That nine-point RBC lead got extended to 13 near the midway point of the half, but with 5:57 NOVA got back within ear shot.
NOVA tied the game twice late, but a Shane Taylor free throw with two seconds left won the game for the Statesmen.