Hawks Fight Hard in Tough Battle with Frederick
The College of Southern Maryland Hawks had their fourth win of the season in their grasps but lost it in the final seconds as the Frederick Community College Cougars came away victorious on November 28 by a score of 92-91.
Sophomore guard Jerome Savoy put the Hawks ahead 91-88 with two made free-throws with just 17.1 seconds remaining in the game. Frederick's Juwan Burnett was then fouled and made one free-throw with 6.9 seconds to go to bring the score to 91-89.
On CSM's inbound play after Burnett's made free-throw, Hawks guard Jason Newman was trapped in the corner in the backcourt by Frederick's full-court defense. Newman lost the ball and Frederick regained possession after a jump ball was called. The Cougars called a timeout with 2.4 seconds to set up their offense underneath the Hawks' basket.
Frederick's David Garey was able to find Henry Okoye in the paint on the inbound pass, who put up a shot, made it, and was fouled with only 0.8 seconds left on the clock for CSM to find a way to win. Okoye made his free-throw to put the Cougars up 92-91.
On the final inbound, CSM couldn't get a shot off before the final buzzer, leaving the Hawks with a heartbreaking loss.
"It's a great learning moment," head coach Alan Hoyt said after the game. "But I'm excited for this team. They showed the fight necessary to win in this conference."
CSM almost came out on top after going in the locker room at halftime facing a 13-point deficit. Freshman guard Jason Newman had 19 points in the second half, including eight made free-throws.
"We started to play like we're supposed to. We were being strong, we were moving the basketball. When we share it, we're very tough to guard," Hoyt said of his team's offense in the second half. The Hawks had 19 assists in the game with Newman contributing eight himself.
Four of the Hawks' starters finished with double-digit scoring nights. Newman had 25 points, sophomore guard Darnell Taylor added 20, and sophomore guard and freshman forward Kevin Mallett both contributed 13.
CSM's next home game will be Friday, December 7 at 7 p.m. against the CCBC Dundalk Lions.