CUMBERLAND, Md. - This time, Hagerstown Junior College was forced to save its upset magic until next time.
Allegany College defended its No. 1 ranking in junior college with a dominating 42-17 run in the middle of the game to turn back the Hawks Saturday with a 100-79 victory before an overflow crowd at Trojan Square Garden.
The Trojans (29-1) won their 27th straight game while clinching the Maryland JuCo Conference regular-season title with the victory. Allegany and HJC could meet one last time next weekend in the Region XX finals.
HJC (22-8) jumped out to an early 24-16 lead on the strength of defense and 3-point shooting. But with Devon Wade and Chris Jones, the Hawks' only two legitimate inside players, in foul trouble, the complexion of the game changed.