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Hawks fall to Garrett in overtime

January 07, 2007|by Jack HilL III / Staff Correspondent

The Garrett Lakers pulled away from the Hagerstown Community College Hawks in overtime to pull out an 86-78 win Saturday night in a Maryland JuCo Conference men's basketball game at the HCC athletic complex.

The game was tied 71-71 at the end of regulation.

After HCC's Leon Nelson made a basket to tie the game at 77-77 with 2:16 left, Garrett took the lead for good at 79-77 when Daniel Conway made a layup with 1:45 remaining.

Scott Spence made the second of his two foul shots with 1:35 left as HCC reduced the deficit to 79-78. But that would be as close as the Hawks would get as the Lakers outscored HCC 7-0 the rest of the way.

After Hrvoje Muhek made a turnaround jumper for a 3-pointer with 1:19 remaining to boost Garrett's lead to 82-78, the Hawks were forced to foul and the Lakers made their foul shots. Conway sank a pair of free throws with 30 seconds to go and Chris Speicher made two more free throws with 15 seconds left to give Garrett the final margin of victory.

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"I feel fortunate to win," Garrett coach Dennis Gibson said. "Hagerstown played hard, and we made a lot of mistakes. This is our first game back since we had our break on Dec. 17. Not making free throws almost cost us the game. I just thought that our consistent play of us putting on steady pressure wore them down."

Garrett (9-3, 3-2) had five players who scored in double figures. Reserve Dale Taylor scored a game-high 21 points, including six 3-pointers. Conway had 17 points, Jerome Jack scored 12 points and Bruce Hall and Glen Izevbigie added 11 points each.

"We played well, but we slipped and fell," HCC coach Kenny Keyes said. "That is the story of the year for the Hawks. We played 40 minutes of basketball. We just didn't play in overtime. We're not doing the little things off the court. We came back two days late for the start of practice. We made 23 turnovers tonight. We are still learning. If we click together, we are going to be all right."

Nelson and Spence led HCC (2-10, 0-4) with 18 points each. Nelson also had 12 rebounds and four steals. Tommy Cox had 11 points and three steals, John Long had 15 rebounds and nine points and Marquis Waters added seven assists and eight points.

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