Last second shot sinks Nighthawks

Last second shot sinks Nighthawks

BEL AIR, Md. – A pair of 20-point scorers weren't enough to lift the Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team past Harford, as the Owls won on a last second three to defeat the Nighthawks 73-72 Saturday evening in NJCAA Region 20 action.

With the loss NOVA falls to 2-3 and returns to action Tuesday at Region 20 foe Chesapeake at 7 p.m.

Late in the first half, Tyland Crawford, who scored 20 points tied the game at 29 when he went down low. On the next two Nighthawks possessions, Shannon Harrigan and Luke Jones added to the lead.

To close out the period, Crawford scored five points to take NOVA into the locker room on top 43-36.

Early in the second half, Corey McGhee put the Nighthawks on top seven (47-40), but they couldn't build on the advantage. The Owls then would go on an 8-0 run to take a 48-47 lead to force NOVA to call a timeout.

The contest was a back and forth battle as both teams would take small leads until Cameron Stowe hit a bunny to jump start a quick 8-0 spurt to give the Nighthawks a 69-61 advantage with three minutes remaining.

With 32 ticks left, the Nighthawks were on top 71-66, but were outscored 7-1 the rest of the way, which included the game-winning three by the Owls at the buzzer.