ANNANDALE – A momentum shifting three by Michael Elliot at the end of the opening half gave the Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team a lift as the Nighthawks were an 88-68 winner over Montgomery Monday night inside Ernst Gymnasium.
NOVA, who has won five straight, inches closer to the .500 mark as it sits at 8-9 going into Saturday's game at Anne Arundel.
Deontae Compton, who scored a game-high 30 points gave the Nighthawks a 13-5 lead nearly five minutes into the game. The Raptors, however, fought back and tied the contest up at 16, but NOVA regained the lead once again on a pair of Terrell Walker free throws.
With just a shade over seven minutes left in the opening half MC would build a seven point advantage at 29-22. However, it was the Nighthawks turn to get hot as they used a 12-2 run to go up 34-31.
NOVA though would be held scoreless for the next five minute, as the Raptors would go on top 37-34. With 21 seconds left, Walker picked up a steal, and would slam home the ball to make it 37-36. Then another Raptors miscue allowed Elliot to drain a three at the buzzer on a pass from Walker to give NOVA a 39-37 lead at the break.
Less than four minutes into the second 20 minutes, Compton scored down low to give the Nightawks an 11 point lead (48-37).
That would be as close as the Raptors would get in the second half, as NOVA would go up by 18 twice before Emmanuel Miller drilled a deep three to put the Nighthawks up by 20 with a half minute to play.
The NOVA defense held MC to 35 percent shooting (20-of-56) and outrebounded the Raptors 44-30.