From the HCC sports desk:
BEL AIR, Md.—The Harford men’s basketball team won back-to-back games for the first time season, as freshman Lionel Perkins (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) led the way with 29 points in a 79-66 win over the jayvee squad from St. Mary’s on Monday night at the Susquehanna Center.
Perkins tallied a career-high seven 3-pointers for the Fighting Owls (8-14), while the Seahawks’ (1-3) Sam Burum was just behind with 28 points.
Perkins shot 11-for-23 from the floor, including 7-for-14 from long range and grabbed eight rebounds on the night, while freshman Troy Burgan (Akron, Ohio/North) totaled 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting, and tallied seven steals, six assists, and five boards. Freshman Kevin Mead (Fawn Grove, Pa./Kennard-Dale) also notched a double-digit game with 14 points and six rebounds.
Burum led the way with 28 points on 11-for-22 shooting, and pulled down nine boards, while blocking two shots and Jack Leather put up a double-double of 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting, including 4-for-7 from three, and 11 rebounds, while totaling three assists and steals each.
Perkins lit the floor up in the first half, scoring 22 of the Owls’ 46 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field. He wasted no time as he drained a trey off the opening tip just over ten seconds into the period, and he would add five more on 6-for-10 shooting from long-range over the next 20 minutes.
The Owls opened up a 5-0 lead on the Seahawks, but a three and layup by Joe Smith and Leather knotted the score before Mike Selckman tipped Burum’s missed jumper in to give St. Mary’s a 7-5 lead with 17:45 left.
The Owls would tie things up at seven points after sophomore Ian Hill (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman/Walters State) buried two free throws, and Perkins second 3-pointer put Harford up, 10-7 with 16:39 to go.
A layup by freshman Jesse Volk (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) would put the Owls up by five points, 14-9, before a 10-2 run by the Seahawks gave them their final lead of the half, 19-16 with 11:30 remaining.
Perkins added his third trifecta of the night at the 11:12 mark, which marked the beginning of a 10-0 run by the Owls, which ended on yet another three by Perkins, as Harford took a 26-19 lead with just under eight minutes to go.
A trey by Leather brought the lead down to four, but Perkins answered with his fifth bucket from long-range and the Owls would tack on another 10-0 run to take their largest lead of the game, 36-22, with 4:46 left to play.
Seven straight points, including five from Perkins, one of them his sixth trey of the half, after two straight baskets by the Seahawks put the Owls up by 17, 43-26, with two minutes to go, before the Seahawks trimmed the lead to 13, 46-33, at the half.
The Seahawks trimmed the lead to 11 points with a layup by Burum to start the second half, but a trey by Perkins, followed by a Burum turnover, a jumper by Hill, followed by another Burum turnover and a fast break dunk by Burgan put the Owls up by 18, 53-35, with 17:07 to play.
St. Mary’s would cut the lead to 11 with an 11-4 run over the next four-and-a-half minutes to make the score 57-46 in favor of Harford, but the Owls would answer with an 11-2 run that gave them a 20-point lead, 65-48, with 8:38 remaining.
Six straight points by the Seahawks made it a 14-point game and after Volk’s layup at 6:08, a long three from Leather put St. Mary’s within 13 points.
A Seahawk timeout slowed the pace of the game, and each team began play with missed shots on the ensuing possessions. Leather swiped the ball from Perkins and drained another trey to make it a 10-point game, 70-60 with five minutes and change.
Perkins 3-point try missed the mark, but a turnover by Burum gave Harford the ball, only to have Dino Vilson pinch it from Volk, before turning it over himself after Burgan’s swipe.
That set Burum up for a block on freshman Chris Pappas’ (Fallston, Md./Fallston) jumper and after a pass from Vilson, Burum drained the long ball to make it a single-digit deficit for the first time since the seven minute mark of the first half.
With the Owls clinging to a seven-point, 70-63, lead, Burgan added a second-chance layup after Mead’s missed three to bring the lead back up to nine, 72-63 with 3:21 left.
Smith quickly launched a three from the far side near the top of the key that found its mark and gave St. Mary’s its smallest deficit of the half, 72-66 with just over three minutes left.
It would be the last points that the Seahawks scored, however, as the Owls scored seven straight points to take the 79-66 win,
The Fighting Owls return to action on Wednesday, when they travel to Largo, Md. for a doubleheader with the women’s team at Prince George’s at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Newspaper Box Score
St. Mary’s (JV) vs Harford
1/26/09 8:00 p.m. at Bel Air, Md.
At Bel Air, Md.
HARFORD 79, ST. MARY’S (JV) 66
ST. MARY’S (JV) (1-3)
Burum, Sam 11-22 2-3 28; Leather, Jack 9-13 0-0 22; Selckman, Mike 3-8 0-0
6; Smith, Joe 2-10 0-2 6; Vilson, Dino 1-8 0-0 2; Onwuche, Charles 1-5 0-0
2; Cosgrove, Tom 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-67 2-5 66.
Perkins,Lionel 11-23 0-0 29; Mead,Kevin 6-12 0-3 14; Burgan,Troy 5-8 2-2 12;
Volk,Jesse 3-9 2-4 9; Hill,Ian 2-6 2-2 6; Pappas,Chris 2-5 0-0 5; Dell, Gabe
1-3 2-2 4. Totals 30-66 8-13 79.
St. Mary’s (JV) 33 33 66
Harford 46 33 79
3-point goals–St. Mary’s (JV) 10-27 (Burum, Sam 4-8; Leather, Jack 4-7;
Smith, Joe 2-8; Onwuche, Charles 0-2; Vilson, Dino 0-2), Harford 11-30
(Perkins,Lionel 7-14; Mead,Kevin 2-6; Volk,Jesse 1-6; Pappas,Chris 1-2;
Dell, Gabe 0-2). Fouled out–St. Mary’s (JV)-None, Harford-None.
Rebounds–St. Mary’s (JV) 47 (Leather, Jack 11), Harford 33 (Perkins,Lionel
8). Assists–St. Mary’s (JV) 10 (Smith, Joe 4), Harford 20 (Burgan,Troy 6).
Total fouls–St. Mary’s (JV) 11, Harford 8. Technical fouls–St. Mary’s
(JV)-None, Harford-None. A-63