LUBBOCK - The Howard College Hawks jumped out to an early double-digit lead and held on to defeat Odessa College, 73-59, in the semifinals of the Region V Men's Junior College Basketball Tournament at Lubbock Christian University Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Hawks will face No. 1-ranked South Plains College at 2 p.m. Sunday for the Region V championship.
The tournament winner qualifies for the national junior college tournament later this month in Hutchinson, Kan.
By STEVE REAGAN