CHICOPEE, Mass. - Nighthawks junior Daivon Edwards (Roxbury, Mass.) hit a three as time expired, lifting the Nighthawks to their first victory of the season, 83-80 over Elms College on Tuesday night at Picknelly Arena in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Edwards, who poured in a career-high 32 points on the night, make his sixth three point shot as the buzzer sounded; a season-high in three's made for Edwards, who shot 6-of-13 overall from deep.
Nighthawks junior Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.) scored 24 points on 8-for-19 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds, seven of them offensive, in 34 minutes.
Blazers senior Conny Ihearahu (Largo, Md.) scored a career-high 25 points, shooting 11-for-13 from the field, while grabbing 15 rebounds in a full 40 minutes. Freshman DeAngelo Cousar (Bowie, Md.) chipped in 16 points in just 22 minutes. The NECC's leading scorer Symon Smith (Oklahoma City, Okla.) was held to just 15 points on 4-for-11 shooting.
The game-winning play came courtesy a drive to the hoop by Langston, as the defense collapsed, Langston kicked to Kayvon Murray (Ossining, N.Y.), who found Edwards all alone to drain the game winner.
"Earlier in the game, I missed some important free throws, both one-and-one's," said Edwards. "I fouled Smith shooting a three before our possession, and he tied the game at 80-80."
A timeout ensued and that's where Nighthawks Head Coach Dana Barros drew up the final play.
"Ice (Langston) drove to the basket, he kicked it to Kayvon, and Kayvon found me wide open," said Edwards. "I knew it was going in once it left my hand."
The Nighthawks scored a critical 30 points off 20 Elms College turnovers, and finished the night with a 12-4 advantage on fastbreak points.
The Nighthawks lead by as much as 11 with 6:00 remaining in the game, but a 10-2 Elms run in the final minutes would wipe out the Newbury advantage, leading to the buzzer-beater by Edwards.
For Barros, it's his first career victory as a head coach, as the Nighthawks matched a season-high in made field goals (30).
Prior to tonight's game, the Nighthawks found themselves on the wrong side of close games, holding an 0-5 record in games decided by less than five.
The win moves the Nighthawks to 1-11 (1-5 NECC), while the Blazers are bumped down to 2-12 (2-5 NECC). The Nighthawks season continues as they look for two-in-a-row on Thursday night, traveling to Wheelock for another NECC tip; game start is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.