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May spans Globe to score crucial points for Hawks

November 26, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Freshman Travis May scored Hagerstown Community College's final seven points as the Hawks came back to edge the previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Globe Institute of Technology (N.Y.) Knights 84-81 on Sunday in the final day of the Coach Brown Classic men's basketball mixer at the HCC athletic complex.

HCC (6-1) trailed 79-77 with 2 1/2 minutes left.

"The end of the game showed Travis May's court awareness and how valuable he is to the team," HCC coach Terry Truax said. "His key buckets lifted us to the victory."

May scored off an offensive rebound to tie the game with 2:21 to go before converting a three-point play to give the Hawks a 82-79 lead with 1:33 left.

A layup by Globe's Victor Garcia trimmed the lead to 82-81 with 1:22 remaining.

May then responded with a basket to put HCC back up by three points at 84-81 with 29 seconds to go.

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The Knights (4-1), ranked 12th in NJCAA Division I, had a chance to tie the game, but Derek Jones missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer.

"Globe is a pretty good team," said May, who had 19 points and three assists. "Coming together as a family and keeping our composure towards the end were the keys to our win. My team was just telling me to be patient with my shots. I am just focused on continuing to help my team for the rest of the season."

Kelvin Bright had 26 points and seven rebounds for HCC, while Calvin Johnson had 13 points and three assists, John Long grabbed 10 rebounds and William Taylor added eight rebounds for the Hawks.

"We used our half-court, man-to-man defense in the last 10 minutes of the game and our defense seemed to be better," Truax said. "I thought our kids showed true resilience. I am proud of the way that we regrouped and came back today."

In the earlier game, Monroe came back from a 27-19 halftime deficit to pull out a 60-54 win over Allegany (1-5). Freshman point guard Tyvon Williams had 25 points, including five 3-pointers, for Monroe (6-3).

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