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Monroe deals HCC men first loss

November 25, 2007|By JACK HILL III

Tyvon Williams scored 15 of his 23 points during the second half and the Monroe College (N.Y.) men's basketball team beat Hagerstown Community College 80-61 on Saturday night, ending the Hawks' season-opening five-game winning streak.

Globe (N.Y.) defeated Allegany 96-89 in the earlier game on the first day of the Coach Brown Classic at the HCC athletic complex.

In today's final action of the two-day mixer, Monroe will face Allegany at 1 p.m. and Globe will square off against HCC at 3.

"Monroe used a little bit more man-to-man defense tonight than what we have been seeing," HCC coach Terry Truax said. "Our shot selection was not good tonight. They just beat us to the boards. We didn't get the rebounds tonight. That long layoff since the last game didn't help much either."

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Truax said the Hawks need to improve on their free-throw shooting. They made only 13 of 24 foul shots Saturday.

"We depend on making free throws to get into our defense," he said. "Not making the free throws prevented us from getting into our full defense. If we don't make free throws, we don't get set up into our press."

HCC led 52-49 with 9:48 remaining in the second half.

The Mustangs (5-2) then outscored the Hawks 20-2 over the next 5:21 to take control of the contest with a 69-54 advantage with 4:27 to go in the game.

"We have been working all week on trying to keep the ball from being penetrated on the inside," Monroe coach Jeffery Brustad said. "We also wanted to keep them off the glass. That is what killed us in the first half. We did a good job defensively on them. We held them in the 50s until the last couple of minutes. We decided to settle down and execute our offense."

Matt Little, a 6-foot-8 reserve center, had 10 points and eight rebounds and Westley Perryman added 10 points for Monroe.

"Our big fellow, Matt Little, came in and did a good job," Brustad said. "He stabilized the inside and got a few key buckets inside for us."

Kelvin Bright had 15 points and six rebounds, while Will Taylor added 12 rebounds and 11 points for HCC. John Long had six rebounds and two blocked shots for the Hawks.

In the first game, reserve Mike Campbell scored 24 of his 26 points during the second half for Globe (4-0).

Calvin Lee had 31 points and six rebounds and George DeGroat added 23 points and eight rebounds for Allegany (1-4).

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