NORTH EAST, Md. – The Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team hit just eight shots in the second half to allow Beaver County to escape with the 86-63 victory in the first round of the NJCAA Region 20 Division II Tournament Friday afternoon.
The Nighthawks finish the 2017-18 campaign with a 15-11 record and return to the gym in November.
The Titans doubled up NOVA early in the first stanza at 14-7, but the Nighthawks heated up and used a 16-9 swing to tie at the game at 23 with under 10 minutes to play. Moments later NOVA had its first lead of the game when Jordan Adams sank a jumper from 15 feet out to make it 25-23.
However, the Nighthawks were not able to hold the momentum as Beaver County went back up on top 32-27 with five minutes to play.
NOVA's defense was quickly able to cool off the Titans, and the Nighthawks offense heated up and finished off first half on a 14-3 run.
The momentum though would not carry over into the second twenty minutes as the Nighthawks were held scoreless for nearly four minutes. The scoring drought allowed Beaver County to jump on top 43-40 and hold the lead for good.
The scoring woes continued for NOVA, as the Titans would eventually lead 66-46 with under 10 minutes to play. NOVA was not able to draw any closer than 17 after a Michael Elliot three-point bucket with four minutes to play.