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Men's Basketball: Jenifer, HCC run to victory

January 28, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College men earned their fourth straight win and seventh in eight games with a 101-83 victory over the College of Southern Maryland on Saturday.

Antonio Jenifer paced Hagerstown with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds.

“(Jenifer) was huge tonight,” Hagerstown coach Barry Brown said. “Our depth played a huge role, though. We had a lot of guys coming off the bench.”

The homestanding Hawks’ bench outscored the visiting Hawks’ bench, 24-18. Antwan Pittman led all Hagerstown bench scorers with 12 points.

“We struggled with their depth,” Southern coach Alan Hoyt said. “We needed to be better on defense tonight.”

Hagerstown (19-3, 13-0 Maryland JuCo) led for much of the game, but Southern kept it interesting at times. At one point in the first half, the visiting Hawks cut Hagerstown’s lead to five, but a 9-0 Hagerstown run built it back up to 14.

“Every time they went on a run, we answered it,” Brown said. “That’s a sign of a good team.”

That first-half run sparked an offensive onslaught from Hagerstown as it went on to outscore Southern 27-19 over the final seven minutes of the half to take a 52-39 halftime lead.

A big key in Hagerstown maintaining a comfortable lead for most of the game was its rebounding. The Hawks beat Southern 51-30 on the glass — including a 22-6 offensive rebounding advantage.

“We’re not a big team, so I knew we would struggle inside,” Hoyt said. “Rebounding has been a focal point for us this year. It’s a continuing effort.”

Hagerstown finished with 13 steals and forced Southern (13-9) to take several tough shots.

“I’m flattered with the defensive intensity we had,” Brown said. “The entire defense was hustling.”

Not to be outdone, Hagerstown’s offense put on quite the clinic. Five players — including Jenifer and Pittman — finished in double digits for the Hawks. Devin Miller finished with 19 — 17 in the second half — while Alister Chisholm scored 17 and Eddie Tarver added 10.

Southern also had five players finish in double figures. Brandon Teston led with 18 points, Brian Dixon scored 17, Isaac Fulwood had 13 and Franklin Johnson and Ryan Vanderwest each had 10.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND (13-9)
Teston 18, Dixon 17, Fulwood 13, Johnson 10, Vanderwest 10, Dodson 8, Baker 7. Totals 29 18-27 83.
HAGERSTOWN (19-3, 13-0)
Jenifer 22, Miller 19, Chisholm 17, Pittman 12, Tarver 11, Womack 8, Carter 6, Watson 6. Totals 40 16-22 101.
Halftime — 52-39, Hagerstown.
3-point goals — Southern Maryland 7 (Dixon 4, Johnson 2, Baker). Hagerstown 5 (Chisholm, Jenifer, Miller, Pittman, Tarver).

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