Hawks make Fashion statement

January 04, 1997


Staff Writer

Who said you can't fight Fashion?

James Morse and DeWayne Jacobs put scoring in style for the Hagerstown Junior College basketball team Friday night.

Morse and Jacobs combined for all 32 of their points in the second half to help HJC start what might become a much needed statement in an 84-75 victory over Fashion Institute of Technology. The game was the nightcap of the HJC Invitational at the HJC athletic complex.

The outburst by the two guards was a big lift for the Hawks (8-5). The team's depth took another hit before the game when forward James Stokes was placed on a two-game suspension. HJC is down four players, including three from the frontcourt, from its season-opening roster.


"This is a club that won't be relying on one guy to get the job done," HJC coach Jim Brown said. "This is going to become a very interesting team. We don't know where it's going to come from, but each night someone new is going to step up and lead the way."

On Friday, it took more than just one player to get the Hawks over the hump.

Morse and Jacobs were both ineffective and scoreless in the first 20 minutes. HJC needed two Robert Gregory layups in the final 30 seconds of the half - the second coming at the buzzer - to take a 36-30 lead at the break. They hatched a conspiracy to make a difference in the second half while in the locker room.

"We talked with each other at halftime and decided we wanted to come out and have a good game," Jacobs said. "How it happened, I don't know. I'm a streaky shooter and (Brown) just put me in the game at the right time."

Jacobs gave HJC breathing room early in the second half, scoring 10 points in a 2:22 span which stretched a 44-42 lead to a 56-49 advantage over the Tigers (10-4) with 12:12 remaining.

Morse picked it up from there, making two straight 3-pointers to help the Hawks build a 14-point advantage.

"I haven't been playing that well, but tonight it came," Morse said. "It started when I put in my first 3 (at the 16:52 mark). The ball hasn't been feeling right when I was shooting it, but tonight I started to get the feeling."

Morse finished with 17 points, including nine in the final five minutes. Jacobs had 15. Each player had been averaging 10 points per game.

"We are using a three-guard offense that is based on aggressive play up front," Brown said. "(Point guard) Brian Samuels played a good ball game, getting the ball to the right players at the right time."

Devon Wade added 15 points and 17 rebounds. Samuels scored 13 for HJC.

Michael Wiatre led Fashion Institute with 17 points.

The HJC Invitational concludes tonight when the Hawks meet Monroe (N.Y.) Community College at 8. The Mustangs lost to Montgomery-Rockville, 68-62, in the opener.

Rockville faces Fashion Institute at 6.

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