FREDERICK, Md. – Fans in attendance at Saturday's basketball game were treated to some free basketball as five extra minutes were needed to decide the outcome of today's contest between #15 FCC and Mercer County Community College. The Cougars defeated the Vikings by the score of 87-82 in overtime. FCC improves to 13-2 on the season while the Vikings slip to 7-7.
FCC Head Coach Emonte Hill knew that Saturday's matchup was going to be a challenge. He knew that the Cougars would need to defend a difficult offense to slow down the Vikings. Mercer's Head Coach, Howard Levy, played at Princeton University where he starred from 1981-85. He then served as an assistant coach at Princeton for 11 seasons bringing the blueprint of the Princeton offense to the Vikings.
In the final 10 seconds of the contest, Mercer County had the ball and was holding for an attempt to win the game on their last possession. However, the FCC defense came up big and forced a turnover with 6.8 ticks remaining on the clock. The Cougars would call a timeout to set up a play. Juwan Burnett had a clean look 3-point field goal attempt at the buzzer, however, the ball grazed off the rim and the game headed to overtime.
Henry Okoye came up huge for the Cougars in the OT period. He registered 22 points (6-8 FGs, 10-14 FTs) and pulled down eight rebounds on the night. However, the biggest highlights came from the free throw line for Okoye as he sank four consecutive free throws at the end of the contest to seal the victory. Ben Meredith poured in a quiet 18 points on six-of-10 shots from the field. He recorded three swipes on the afternoon. Teammate Juwan Burnett carved his way to the bucket on a number of occasions in the win, finishing the contest with 14 points and eight boards. Dwayne Garner tallied a team-high nine rebounds in the win and teammate David Garey dished out eight assists. All 10 Cougars saw playing time and registered points in the scoring column.
FCC will return to the hardwood on January 5th when they host the Panthers from Baltimore City Community College. Tip-off is set for 3:00 P.M. at the Cougar Center.
FCC BY THE NUMBERS
National Ranking: NJCAA DII, #15
Streak: Won 2
Overall Record: 13-2
Home Record: 8-0
MD JUCO Record: 4-1
Region XX DII Record: 4-1