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Brown, Hawks fly to 20-win season

February 11, 2002

Brown, Hawks fly to 20-win season



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown 82
Prince Georges 77

PRINCE GEORGES (77)

Terrell 2 0-1 4, Collins 8 4-4 27, Hill 1 1-2 3, Robinson 2 0-0 4, Ebendeng 6 3-4 15, Ellis 4 0-0 8, Southworth 1 3-4 6, Davis 5 0-1 10. Totals 29 11-16 77.

HAGERSTOWN (82)

Walker 1 2-2 4, Minor 2 1-2 5, Picard 1 0-0 3, Kittelberger 4 1-2 9, Bennett 3 0-0 7, Thompson 4 0-0 8, Jennings 5 0-0 11, Draughn 4 3-9 11, Goodman 4 0-2 8, Hargrove 6 3-5 16. Totals 34 10-22 82.

Halftime: Hagerstown 39-38. Three-point field goals: Prince Georges 8 (Collins 7, Southworth). Hagerstown 4 (Picard, Bennett, Jennings, Hargrove). Fouled Out: Prince Georges - Collins.

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Hagerstown Community College basketball coach Jim Brown knows how to win.

He proved that on Saturday night when he got his 19th 20-win season in his 23 years at HCC.

Brown reached that milestone when the Hawks pulled out a close 82-77 win over Prince Georges Community College in a Maryland JuCo Conference basketball game at the HCC athletic complex.

"It was a good one," Brown said. "It was one that we had to work for and that was the nicest part about it. We have been very fortunate to have some good ballclubs."

Hagerstown (20-4, 15-1) raced out to a 15-2 lead during the first 6 minutes, 13 seconds.

But Prince Georges (13-8, 7-5) refused to give up as it turned a potential runaway game into a close contest by chopping Hagerstown's lead down to 39-38 at halftime.

The entire second half was close as the Owls went out in front for the first time at 50-48 with 13:40 remaining. The Owls' biggest lead came at 60-56 with 9:54 to go.

The Hawks took the lead for good by scoring 10 straight points to build a 66-60 advantage with 6:24 left. Kiki Picard canned a three-pointer, Darius Hargrove got a bucket and Mark Jennings added five points on a basket and a three-pointer.

The Hawks' lead grew to 75-67 with 3:13 left, but the Owls narrowed the gap to 78-77 with 1:30 remaining.

However, Anthony Thompson made a basket with 40 seconds to go and Hargrove sank a pair of foul shots with six seconds left to seal the win for the Hawks.

"Confidence was the key down the stretch," Hargrove said. "We made some good decisions at the end. We always look for the go-to guys at the end of the big games."

Hargrove scored 16 points, Jennings had 11 points and seven rebounds and Jernavis Draughn added 11 points and six rebounds for the Hawks. Luke Minor, a 7-foot-3 center, blocked four shots for the Hawks.

Marcus Collins led the way for the Owls with 27 points and seven three-pointers.

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