ANNANDALE – Drew Jackson and Michael Elliot each scored 20 points, while Trevaun Hyatt pulled down 20 rebounds to help push the Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team to an 86-80 victory over CCBC Catonsville Thursday evening.
With the win the Nighthawks finish the regular season at 15-10 and await final seeding for the upcoming NJCAA Region 20 Division II Tournament in North East, Md.
The Cardinals scored the first bucket of the day, but NOVA responded with a 10-0 run to go up 10-2 two minutes later. Catonsville, however, crawled out of the hole and got within three at 10-7, but the Nighthawks used another run to extended their lead.
Later in the first half after an Elliot three to make it a four-point affair, the Cardinals got with a point on the next trip down the floor. The Nighthawks though would end the half on a momentum shifting 10-0 swing.
Early in the second half, NOVA continued its hot shooting and went up by as much as 15 following a Myles Suggs free throw with 15 minutes left in the game.
Seven minutes later, the Nighthawks lead got down to 11, but back-to-back dunks by Junior Kabombo and Hyatt shifted the momentum back to NOVA. After the Hyatt slam, the Nighthawks extended the lead to 16 with over eight minutes left.
With less than three minutes to play, the Cardinals got the NOVA lead down to 76-67, but Jackson put the Nighthawks lead back over double digits moments later.
Catonsville put in one last late run, as the Cardinals got within five at 79-74 with a minute and a half to go. Jackson would then ice the game, as he hit the back end of two free throws to help give NOVA a six-point victory.