Howard Community College's men's basketball team used a full-court press and awesome depth to run away from Charles County Community College in the second half last night to win, 128-83.
But early in the second half of HCC's home opener, the Charles County Hawks trailed by only 50-42.
After boosting their lead to 56-45, the Iron Horse Express used a 23-0 run to pull away 79-45.
HCC made eight of its first nine shots in the second half; the Hawks made only three of their first 10.
Kamau Street led the way for Howard with 27 points, and Randolph Edison scored 23. Deon Wingfield, in limited time off the bench, scored 16.
HCC (2-1) had 25 steals, led by Ray Fountain (10 points) with six. Edison led in assists with six, and starting point guard Richard Avent (eight points) had five.
Fountain led in rebounds with 12. Darrin Johnson (10 points), Antoine Austin (10 points) and Joe Herring (nine points) had seven each.
The Express missed its first nine shots in the first half, enabling the Hawks (1-1) to build an 8-0 lead.
"I think a lot of that slow start was from losing Saturday night to Sullivan County of New York in a tournament championship game," HCC coach Wheeler Brown said. "During a two-minute span of the second half of that game, we went from four down to 18 down by making seven straight turnovers."
HCC, ranked No. 1 in the nation in a preseason National Junior College Athletic Association poll, eventually lost that game, 85-56.
Sullivan County, which is also a Division III junior college, is ranked No. 5 and won the national championship two years ago. It lost one game last season -- in the national semifinals. And that loss broke a 68-game winning streak.
"We still have some work to do, but, hopefully, the next time we play Sullivan County we'll be ready," Brown said.
"The full-court press turned it around for us tonight. That was the best press we've shown so far. And we had a few more quality players than they did."