Men's Basketball: Strong second half pushes PSC past Howard

Cedrick Dwyer
Cedrick Dwyer drives to the basket during Potomac State's 72-66 win over Howard Wednesday night in the historic Lough Gymnasium.  Photo by Raymond Burner  More pics here.

Keyser, W.V. — Breon Powell scored 16 points and hit a big three-point goal to put Potomac State on top to stay as the Catamounts beat Howard 72-66 Wednesday night in the Lough Gymnasium.

Reggie Baker had a game-high 18 points, Peyton Hartman 12 points and seven rebounds and Carlton Drake 10 points for Potomac State (3-0). Mike Hatfield added eight points and seven rebounds.

Potomac State trailed 39-33 at halftime but increased its intensity after the break and used a 15-0 run to go up by eight with 12 minutes to play.

Howard used a 10-0 spurt to regain a two-point lead, but the Catamounts, after Hartman had picked up his fifth foul with seven minutes to go, rode a strong team effort the rest of the way to get the win. Hatfield’s rebounding to guard play from Powell, Brian Ogbonna and Marcus James were especially big in the second half.

Powell’s three-pointer with 1:30 to go snapped a 63-63 tie. Drake had a key drive to the basket later that kept the Cats on top.

Josh Johnson, Dolapo Olugbile and Tyrell Addison had 12 points each for Howard, which built its first-half lead on the strength of its offensive rebounding.

Potomac Sate plays at Northern Virginia, which has already beaten Allegany and Garrett, on Dec. 4.