Hood Falls to Lebanon Valley in Commonwealth Conference Clash

Terell Buyck

FREDERICK, Md. - Hood College's Cameron Cook (Baltimore, Md. / Calvert Hall) reached 20 points for the third straight game, but 32 points by Lebanon Valley's Kevin Agnew proved too much to overcome in a 69-63 loss for the Blazers in Commonwealth Conference play.

Cook sank five 3-point field goals in the game and led Hood with eight rebounds. Division III's active leader in career threes with 291, the senior became just the second player in school history to top 1,500 career points, finishing the night with 1,514. Cook trails just Santo Provenzano (1,633) in the school's record books.

Agnew also hit five 3-pointers, but struggled to a 7-of-21 mark from the field. He did much of his damage from the free throw line, where he shot 13-of-16. 

Hood led 30-23 at halftime, but the Dutchmen came back to take a 34-33 lead after a jumper by Joey Giangiobbe with 16:02 left in the game. Later, the Blazers trailed by two, 45-43, but Chris Cook (Mechanicsburg, Va. / Lee-Davis) tied the game with a layup with 9:35 to go. Agnew turned the ball over on LVC's next touch and Justin Bowens (Frederick, Md. / Tuscarora) converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to put Hood ahead 48-45 just 10 seconds later.

The two teams battled back and forth before Reggie Daniels (Abingdon, Md. / Patterson Mill) tied the game for the sixth time in the half with an elbow jumper with 2:53 left to make the score 57-57. After the teams traded turnovers, Mike Fasano took a feed from Agnew and converted a three for the lead with under two minutes to play. Cameron Cook drove to the basket, was fouled, and hit both free throws with 1:29 remaining to make it a one-point game, 60-59. Hood could not score on its next possession and was forced to foul down the stetch, where the Dutchmen hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final 36 seconds. 

Bowens and Chris Cook both joined Cameron Cook in double figures for the Blazers. Bowens went 3-of-6 from the floor and 5-of-7 from the foul line on his way to 11 ponts. Chris Cook added 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. 

Hood led just 14-12 early before the Blazer bench contribued to the cause. Trevor Magnuski (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Cumberland Valley) got into the lane for two before the Dutchmen could set their defense and Terell Buyck (District Heights, Md. / Cumberland Valley) got a fast break dunk for the next Hood score during a 9-2 run that stretched the lead to 23-14 with 5:40 to go in the half after a three by Cook. The Blazers took a 10-point lead, 30-20, before a long range shot by Agnew made the score 30-23 at the half.

Giangiobbe had a big game for Lebanon Valley, scoring 17 points and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. Fasano hit three 3-point field goals on his way to 10 points. 

After shooting just one free throw in the first half, the Dutchmen were awarded 29 in the final 20 minutes. Both teams hit at least 80 percent from the free throw line in the game. Hood connected on 14-of-17 (82 percent) and Lebanon Valley went 24-of-30 (80 percent).

The Dutchmen hit 9-of-21 threes on the night (43 percent), while the Blazers' usual success from behind the arc eluded them. Cameron Cook was the lone Hood player to find his range from deep in the contest. 

With the loss, Hood falls into a tie for third place in the Commonwealth with Stevenson. Alvernia a game ahead in second place, while Messiah's 11-3 mark in the conference leads the way.

The Blazers travel to Albright on February 12 for an 8 p.m. tip off.

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