ANNADALE, Va. - The No. 13 Frederick Community College men's basketball team squandered a 19-point second half lead in a 68-64 loss tonight to Northern Virginia Community College. With the loss, FCC falls to 21-5 overall on the season. More importantly, the Cougars drops to 6-1 in Region XX D2 action with postseason action right around the corner.
FCC led at the 18:38 mark in the second half by the score of 38-19 after Ben Meredith connected on a 3-pointer. From that point, the Nighthawks stormed back and took their first lead of the contest 59-58 with just 3:18 left in the contest. The Nighthawks would take a 64-62 lead on a bucket by Trevaun Hyatt. FCC called a timeout with just 10 seconds left in the contest to draw up a play. Out of the timeout, FCC's Dwayne Garner turned it over and NOVA would seal the game at the free throw line to earn the victory.
The Cougars struggled from beyond the arc and at the charity stripe. FCC hit on just 5-of-24 (20.8%) from long range and only 7-of-15 (46.7) from the free throw line. The Nighthawks held FCC's leading scorer Marlon White Jr. to just two points.
Morris Robinson led FCC in scoring with 16 points. Teammates Keon Claiborne and Ben Meredith poured in 12 and 10 points respectively. Claiborne and Colin Hyssong each pulled down a team-high nine rebounds in the loss.
FCC will return to the hardwood on March 3rd as they travel to Potomac State College of WVU. Tip-off is slated for 3:00 P.M.