CUMBERLAND — Allegany had three players reach double figures and overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat Northern Virginia, 74-68, on Monday night in the Trojans’ season-opener at Bob Kirk Arena.

Imhotep George led all Trojan scorers with 19 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the field, including 2 of 5 from beyond the three-point stripe, and 5 of 9 from the free-throw line. He also grabbed 10 rebounds for a double double and blocked a pair of shots.

Brandon Hodge followed with 17 points, scoring 14 in the second half, and had seven rebounds and Mikkah Tobias had 14 points and seven boards.

“It was a tale of two halves,” said ACM head coach Tommie Reams. “The first half we didn’t shoot it all that well.

“In the second half we cleaned things up with better shot selection. We were three of 11 in the first half, and three of eight in the second half.”

Allegany took advantage of 23 Northern Virginia fouls, sinking 18 of 36 free throw attempts. Justin Copman tacked on eight points for the Trojans and Derrick Dixon grabbed eight rebounds.

Abdullahi Hussein scored a game-high 22 points for the Nighthawks.

“That was a really gritty NoVa team,” Reams said. “They fell to the wire in their opener to Prince George’s, a nationally-ranked team. So they’re a very good basketball team.”

Allegany hosts Butler County tonight at 7 p.m.

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