ANNANDALE – With a second and a half left, the Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team had the open to look at the basket, but the shot hit iron and Prince George's held on 71-69 in front of a sellout crowd inside Ernst Gymnasium.
The Nighthawks start the season 0-1 and are back in action Monday, Nov. 4 at Allegany with tipoff set for 7 p.m.
Early on the Owls led by nine twice, but Tyland Crawford heated up and drained three straight from beyond the arc to make it 12-9. Corey McGhee then rocked the rim and brought NOVA within one 30 seconds after Crawford's trifectas.
The game then went back and forth, but the Nighthawks were able build a 39-32 lead with two minutes left in the half. NOVA wasn't able to push the advantage any further, as PGCC got within four at the break.
Five minutes into the second period, Rick Lacy tickled the twine from deep to push the Nighthawks lead to nine. The Owls, however went on a 7-0 swing and got the game back to a bucket.
The Nighthawks then responded with a quick 6-0 run on a pair of three's from Lacy and Crawford.
NOVA was not able to push the lead any further and led by three (69-66) with 2:40 remaining on the clock. PGCC tied the game up on its next trip down the floor, but on NOVA's next possession, the Nighthawks missed four layups.
After the Owls missed their chances, NOVA continued to struggled down low couldn't find the bottom of the net. After PGCC grabbed a defensive rebound with 17 seconds left, the Owls went down the floor and sunk the game-winning shot with two seconds left.