ANNANDALE – Tavaris James scored a team-high 28 points, while Muhammed Saadeldeen added 20 to help lift the Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team to a 93-82 victory over Anne Arundel Thursday evening inside Ernst Gymnasium.
With the win, the Nighthawks improve their season mark to 7-7, and they return to the floor Tuesday against CCBC Dundalk starting at 7 p.m.
Trailing early, Saadeldeen and Michael Elliot each drained a three to tie the game at six to help jump start the NOVA offense. Minutes later, the Nighthawks three-point snipers were back as Elliot and James nailed a deep shot to help put NOVA up 16-14.
Later in the opening half, AACC tied the game at 30, but James scored down to put the Nighthawks up by a bucket with 5:35 left. That bucket by James would prove be significant, as it gave NOVA a lead for good.
The basket by James also started a 19-2 run for the Nighthawks to help give them a 17-point advantage at the break.
Early in the second period, NOVA was able to go up by 20 when Elliot dropped another one of his three three's on the night.
Then with just under six minutes to play, the Riverhawks got within 10 (61-51), but NOVA responded with a 22-9 swing to go up 83-60 with just four minutes to play. The Nighthawks, however were not able to added anymore to run and they held on for the 11-point victory.
For James, it was the second time in as many games he scored over 20 points and he also hit a season-best four three-point field goals. Frank Agyemang, meanwhile, had his third double-double of the season, as he scored 15 points and grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds.