Halftime lead doesn’t hold

Tavaris James scored a team-high 19 points
Tavaris James scored a team-high 19 points

ANNANDALE – The Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team came out in the first half and led 9-0, but the Nighthawks could not hold on as Southern Maryland grabbed a 95-75 NJCAA Region 20 Division II victory Monday night.

NOVA falls back to the .500 mark at 5-5 and returns to the floor Monday, Jan. 22 against Beltway foe Prince George's inside Ernst Gymnasium.

Trevaun Hyatt scored five of the Nighthawks first nine points as NOVA blitzed the Hawks coming out of the chute.

CSM got back into the game as the Nighthawks saw their lead drop to three (21-18) near the midway point of the half. Michael Elliot though would drain a three and pushed the NOVA lead back to nine.

Later in the opening half, the Hawks would claw back into the game as they used a 14-1 run to take a 35-31 advantage. The Nighthawks, meanwhile, would answer back with a 9-1 swing to regain a 40-36 lead.

After a short CSM run knotted the game at 40, Drew Jackson sunk a jumper at the buzzer to help NOVA take a 44-43 lead into the locker room.

The momentum from the Jackson shot at the buzzer did not carry over, as CSM retook the lead right out of the gate. The Nighthawks, however, were able to tie on a Hyatt layup the next time down the floor.

NOVA though was not able build on the tie, as CSM kept the Nighthawks offense at bay during the second period action.

Frank Agyemang scored down low with 6:45 remaining to tie things up at 68 apiece, butt CSM finished the contest off on a 27-7 run.