From the HCC news desk:
BEL AIR, Md.—The Harford men’s basketball team took a 41-38 lead into half, but was outscored 50-38 in the second half as it fell, 88-79, in a heartbreaker to Howard on Wednesday night at Susquehanna Center.
The Fighting Owls (3-6, 1-2 MDJUCO) extended their losing skid to three straight games with the loss to the Dragons (3-6, 1-2 MDJUCO).
Freshman Butch Faulcon (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) led the way for the Owls in what was an extremely physical game, tallying 21 points and grabbing seven board while shooting 8-for-10 from the floor. Freshman Lionel Perkins (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) was the only other Harford player in double-digits, as he totaled 13 points and five rebounds and freshman Jasper Holleman (Richmond, Va./Matoaca) dished out seven assists on the night.
Jimmy Dorsey led the way for the Dragons with a triple-double of 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while also adding six steals and shooting a perfect 10-for-10 from the line.
Harford got off to a rough start in the first half as Howard built a 19-10 lead with 12:27 left, but a 13-0 run over the next 3:02 gave the Owls put the Owls up 23-19 with 9:17 to go in the half. Freshman Jesse Volk (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) drained a long trey and a jumper from freshman Chris Pappas (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and two free throws from Faulcon put Harford within two, 19-17 before Holleman’s layup knotted the score. A beautiful reverse layup by Faulcon gave the Owls their first lead of the game and another jumper from the Virginia native gave Harford a four-point lead.
The Owls would extend that lead to seven points on two occasions before the half was over, but a three from Dorsey with 45 seconds to go would put the Dragons within one, 39-38 and it was a buzzer beating layup by freshman Troy Burgan (Akron, Ohio/North) that gave Harford a three-point cushion going into halftime.
The second half saw both teams trade points for a little over five minutes, before Tobias Eakins capitalized on an Owl turnover and Deantre Washington added a jumper less than 30 seconds later to knot the score at 50. Greg Fisher added another bucket and Howard took a 52-50 lead at the 12:55 mark, the last lead change of the game. After yet another Harford turnover and ensuing Howard fast break followed by a final jumper, the Owls saw themselves down six points and on the wrong end of a 10-0 run.
Howard would build that lead to 14 points, 73-59 with 5:00 left to play but a 17-4 run over the next four minutes, which saw three 3-pointers from freshman Kevin Mead (Fawn Grove, Pa./Kennard-Dale) put the Owls within one, 77-76 with 1:27 to go.
Dorsey notched two free throws for the Dragons to take a 79-76 lead and a Holleman turnover on Harford’s possession gave Howard a fresh 35-second shot clock with 1:02 left.
A Faulcon foul made it a two-possession game as Anthony Jones knocked down both foul shots to give Howard the 81-76 advantage and one made and one missed free throw by freshman Kartrell Claiborne (Prince George, Va./Prince George) only trimmed the lead to four points.
Claiborne tacked on a layup with 27 seconds left to put the Owls within three, but Howard made all of their next four foul shots on two Harford fouls and added a last second layup as they took the 88-79 victory.
The Fighting Owls return to action on Saturday when they host Frederick for a 2:00 p.m. contest at the Susquehanna Center.
Newspaper Box Score
Howard vs Harford
12/3/08 8:05 p.m. at Bel Air, Md.
At Bel Air, Md.
HOWARD 88, HARFORD 79
HOWARD (3-6, 1-2 MDJUCO)
Dorsey, Jimmy 5-15 10-10 21; Washington, Deantre 5-11 2-3 15; Crump, Kameron
4-8 7-8 15; Eakins, Tabias 4-12 3-4 13; Fisher, Greg 3-5 2-4 8; Jones,
Anthony 2-5 2-2 6; Smith, Erick 2-3 0-2 4; Jeter, Marques 1-3 0-2 2;
Crenshaw, Allante 1-1 0-0 2; Phillips, Anthony 1-1 0-0 2; Robinson, Donald
0-0 0-0 0; Jones, Eugene 0-0 0-0 0; Jackson, Jimmy 0-3 0-0 0; Harvey, Matt
0-2 0-0 0; Walthall, Jeremy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-69 26-35 88.
HARFORD (3-6, 1-2 MDJUCO)
Faulcon,Butch 8-10 5-8 21; Perkins,Lionel 4-15 3-4 13; Volk,Jesse 4-15 0-0
9; Claiborne,Kartrell 4-7 1-2 9; Mead,Kevin 3-5 0-0 9; Burgan,Troy 3-5 0-0
6; Holleman,Jasper 1-5 3-5 5; Pappas,Chris 2-3 0-0 4; Dell, Gabe 1-5 0-0 3;
Hill,Ian 0-1 0-0 0; Selby,Brandon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-71 12-19 79.
Howard 38 50 88
Harford 41 38 79
3-point goals–Howard 6-26 (Washington, Deantre 3-4; Eakins, Tabias 2-8;
Dorsey, Jimmy 1-8; Smith, Erick 0-1; Jackson, Jimmy 0-2; Fisher, Greg 0-1;
Crump, Kameron 0-2), Harford 7-25 (Mead,Kevin 3-4; Perkins,Lionel 2-8; Dell,
Gabe 1-3; Volk,Jesse 1-6; Pappas,Chris 0-1; Holleman,Jasper 0-3). Fouled
out–Howard-Smith, Erick, Harford-Mead,Kevin. Rebounds–Howard 50 (Dorsey,
Jimmy 11), Harford 39 (Faulcon,Butch 7). Assists–Howard 18 (Dorsey, Jimmy
10), Harford 22 (Holleman,Jasper 7). Total fouls–Howard 22, Harford 25.
Technical fouls–Howard-None, Harford-None. A-138