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Howard CC surprises Allegany


Randolph Edison scored 22 points to lead Howard Community College to one of the biggest victories in school history last night, 81-73, over Allegany.

Kamau Street added 18 points and center Joe Herring had 14 rebounds as the host Iron Horse Express upset Allegany (8-3), ranked 17th nationally among Division I junior colleges.

Led by center Tori Wilson's rebounding and scoring (22 points), Allegany rallied from a 38-28 halftime deficit to go ahead 57-56 with 8:15 to play. After Wilson sank a basket off a rebound, Allegany led 61-57 with 6:40 left.

But Howard (7-3) fought back, staging a 15-1 run featuring three three-point baskets. Ravon Austin came off the bench to sink two of those three-pointers.

Austin's running one-hander in the lane gave Howard a 70-64 lead with 3:05 to play.

Herring, who had been in foul trouble and sat out most of the second half, then fouled out for Howard. He finished with nine points, all in the first half, but his play against Allegany's big front line was crucial to the victory.

Darrin Johnson picked up some of the slack on the boards for Howard when Herring was out.

Guard Ricky Avent contributed several key steals.

"Edison hadn't played well in the last two games for us and we were waiting for him to explode," said Howard coach Wheeler Brown. "But the key for us tonight was cutting down our turnovers. We had been averaging 24 per game."

Howard, which played a more disciplined offense than normal, made only 15 turnovers against Allegany.

The Express was assisted a great deal by the Allegany coaching staff, which drew four technical fouls. Howard sank six of the eight resulting free throws.

Allegany coach Bob Kirk and one of his assistant coaches were ejected with 17 seconds remaining and Allegany trailing, 75-71.

Allegany's press had given Howard trouble on two straight in-bounds attempts before the Express called time.

During the timeout the coaches made comments to the officials that resulted in the ejections.

Howard made three of the four free throws from the two technicals to go up 78-71.

"This is a big plus for our program to beat a school like this," Brown said.

It was the first time the two teams had met in a regular-season game.

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