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Hawks run away with win

November 21, 2000

Hawks run away with win



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


Basketball teams should forget about bringing their regular shoes into Hagerstown Community College's Athletic Complex. Against these Hawks, track shoes are in order.

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First, HCC ran Harford off the court last Wednesday with 79 second-half points. On Monday the Hawks once again blitzed an unsuspecting Maryland JuCo rival, hanging 74 first-half points on Anne Arundel Community College en route to a 128-91 victory that gave coach Jim Brown the 699th victory of his coaching career.

"I'm pretty pleased with this ballclub," Brown said. "We've got some things to work on, but this could be a pretty good team."

Brown will go for his 700th win Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against the Technical Career Institute of New York. If that game is anything like the last two for HCC, the outcome will be clear before 8.

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Despite the absense of forward Brian Showers and center Jerome Goodman, the Hawks (4-2, 2-0) didn't miss a beat in racing to a 22-4 lead in the first five minutes against an Anne Arundel team that dressed only six players. HCC hit nine of their 12 3-pointers in the half.

Six players scored in double figures for HCC, with guard Julius Gause and forward Keith McKnight finishing with 18.

"It will be different guys on different nights," Brown said. "They're all starting to believe they can step up and get it done."

HCC's perimeter play stymied Anne Arundel all night long, as Eric Branham had 15 points and reserve guard Brandon DeShields added 11.

"This team can break a team down on the perimeter as well as any team I've had," Brown said.

The Hawks' quickness forced 29 AACC turnovers, ensuring the blinding pace they wanted. Dominic Crutchfield's thunderous dunk with a minute to go put the proper punctuation on another HCC rout.

Brown knows win No. 700 will be a little more difficult.

"The first two teams we've played in Maryland JuCo are probably the two weakest teams in the league," Brown said. "Friday and Saturday (against Monroe, N.Y.), we're going to face some competition."

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