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Allegany rips HCC

November 07, 2004|by RYAN ALLEN/Staff Writer

Tyronne Beale scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the first 10 minutes as Allegany College of Maryland built an early lead that it never relinquished in a 79-64 victory over host Hagerstown Community College in Saturday night's NJCAA Region XX Hall of Fame Championship game.

The Trojans led 27-14 at the midway point of the first half and fought off several Hagerstown runs, but only allowed their lead to shrink below six points once - in the beginning of the second half.

Beale made eight of his first nine shots and dinished the game 12-for-16 from the field.

The Hawks turned the ball over 24 times and were outrebounded, 33-24.

"They outrebounded us and we couldn't knock down any shots," said HCC coach Kenny Keyes. The Hawks shot just 37 percent from the field and made only 3-of-22 3-point attempts.

"Ours legs were tired tonight and when your legs get tired, the first thing that goes away is your jump shot," said Keyes. Both teams were playing for the second consecutive night.

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The Trojans led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but a late run by the Hawks cut the halftime defecit to 39-32.

The Hawks scored the first four points of the second half, but David Miner missed a breakaway dunk that would have made the score 39-38 and Jeremy Eck scored on the next Allegany possession to ignite an 8-0 run the extended the lead back to 11 points.

"We just couldn't get over the hump," said Keyes.

The Trojans slowed the game down in the last 12 minutes, running the shot clock down on each possession.

Hagerstown used its full-court press to get within 71-64 with 58.3 seconds left, but Allegany converted from the free throw line to end the game on an 8-0 run.

"We wanted to keep this game in the low 60s because we knew Hagerstown likes to run," said Allegany coach Mike Baker. "We got lucky getting some turnovers by taking chances we normally don't like to take. We'd like to only go for the steal when it is a sure thing, but tonight we got our hands on a lot of balls and converted."

Miner finished with 19 points to lead the Hawks. Clif Carey was the only other Hawk in double figures, scoring 13 points.

"We needed a loss like this to see what we are made of," Keyes said. "You usually don't get to play teams like Allegany this early in the season, so this will help us out."

Kenny Smith scored 16 points and James Hairston added 13 points for the Trojans.

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