ANNANDALE – Down by 19 early in the second half, the Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team stormed back to defeat 13th ranked Frederick 68-64 Tuesday evening inside Ernst Gymnasium.
The Nighthawks improve their season record to 14-10 and return to the floor for the final regular season game Thursday against CCBC Catonsville.
Following a turnover and missed shot by NOVA early in the second half, the Cougars hit a bucket to put the Nighthawks down 38-19 with 18:38 remaining in the game.
On the Nighthawks next possession, Michael Elliot took a three-point shot, but was fouled and sent to the line. After making all three of his charity shots, NOVA got its hole down 16, and shifted the momentum towards the Nighthawks.
Over the next four trips down the floor, Trevaun Hyatt scored and Elliot sank back-to-back three's to bring the score to 40-30.
After a pair of free throws by FCC the Cougar lead went back to a dozen, but then it was Frank Agyemang's turn, as he from deep to make it 42-33. The Cougars, however, responded with a 7-3 run to make it 49-36.
After the short burst, Hyatt scored down low twice, along with Drew Jackson to make it a six-point game with 11:13 remaining.
Minutes later, Elliot continued his hot shooting as he scored from deep and down low, while Agyemang tickled the twine from outside to make 55-53. It was the first time the Nighthawks were that close since the score was tied at 10.
After the teams traded baskets NOVA was able to tie the game at 58 when Hyatt went down low for two of his 17 points on the night. The Nighthawks then took the lead for the first time since the early goings when Myles Suggs hit the back end of two free throws to make it 59-58.
With under two to play, the Cougars retook the lead, but Hyatt had other intentions as he made what proved to be the game-winning shot with 31 ticks remaining.
Agyemang was able to seal the deal when he sank the last four free throws to ice the game for the Nighthawks.