BALTIMORE — Alex Morales had a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds as Prince George’s Community College held on for a 73-68 victory over Anne Arundel Community College in the title game of the NJCAA Region XX Division III Tournament – held at home on Feb. 24.
Morales also had 22 points and 13 rebounds plus six assists during the semifinal victory over Pennsylvania Highlands the day before. He averaged 22.5 points and 14 rebounds as the Owls won their eighth region title.
This was PGCC’s first region crown in three years, and they will go to the NJCAA District VII competition again—for the sixth time in the past eight years.
That tournament is going to be held at Sandhills Community College (N.C.) on March 2-3. If PGCC can win the two games needed to take that title, they will advance to the NJCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship in Rochester, Minnesota from March 14-16.
This game was tied at 50 before Dexter Turner made his only basket of the day to give the Owls the lead for good midway through the second half.
Jordan Hicks and Miles Weaver both came up with big baskets as the Owls fought off AACC down the stretch. Weaver nailed a pair of threes and finished with 13 points and made the All-Tournament team.
NO. 2 TERPS TOP NO. 3 TAR HEELS IN WOMEN’S LACROSSE
Caroline Steele scored the game-winning goal in double overtime that gave No. 2 Maryland a 13-12 victory over No. 3 North Carolina on Feb. 24.
Goalie Megan Taylor and the defense of Maryland (3-0) made a number of key plays late in regulation and during the first part of overtime. Taylor ended up with 14 saves, including three tough stops in the last eight minutes of the game.
“It was a tail of two halves for us,” Maryland coach Cathy Reese said. “I’m proud of my team for having the determination and grit to gut that one out. It was a tough game when things weren’t going our way. I’m glad that we stuck with it and stuck with the game plan. We were resilient and able to come up with a huge win.”
Overtime didn’t appear to be an issue early as the Terps raced to a 9-4 halftime lead. But North Carolina rallied in the second half, and overtime was needed.
Maryland fell behind but junior Kali Hartshorn tied the game with 6:13 left in the second half to force extra time. Steele got her goal with 2:46 left on an unassisted goal in the second overtime to win it.
BOWIE STATE WOMEN WIN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE, MEN FALL
The Bowie State University women topped host Elizabeth City State University (North Carolina) 68-46 on Feb. 23 in its final regular season game.
That gave the Bulldogs a 22-4 record overall, 14-3 in the CIAA and 7-3 in the North Division. It also locked up the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, where Bowie State plays on Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. The opponent was not yet known as of Monday.
Pere Alexander and Kyaja Williams finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively, in the game.
Bowie State took charge with a 22-7 run in the second quarter and pulled away. Elizabeth City State finished at 13-15, 5-12, 2-8).
The Bowie State men did not fare as well as Elizabeth City State scored a 60-55 victory. Still, the Bulldogs come into the CIAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the North after going 16-12 overall, 12-5 in league play and 6-4 in the North.
Saiquan Jamison led the Bulldogs with 13 points while Cameron Hays scored 12. But Bowie State shot just 29.6 percent from the field (16-for-54), which hurt the Bulldogs.
Elizabeth City State took charge in the fourth quarter and won. The Vikings finished 13-15 overall, 9-8 in the CIAA plus 3-7 in the North.