Potomac State falls to Beaver in WPCC title game

MONACA, Pa. — Nationally- ranked Beaver County jumped on Potomac State in the first half, built a healthy lead and held off the Catamounts down the stretch for a 96-82 victory in the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference men’s basketball championship game on Sunday.

Trey Brown led five double- figure scorers with 22 points for the Titans, now 26-3 and No. 10 in the most recent NJCAADivision II national poll. Jaquan Bryant and Nehemiah Fisher had 17 points, E.J. Blackwell 14 and Andre Anthony 13.

Beaver led 46-27 at halftime but Potomac State (16-8) chopped its deficit to nine points after the first five minutes of the second half. The Titans bumped it back into double figures, and Potomac State made several other runs but was thwarted each time. It was 10-point game with seven minutes to go.

The Catamounts nearly doubled their first-half offensive output with 52 points in the second half. Reggie Baker led the way, hitting all five of his three-point goals after halftime and finishing with a game-high 22 points.

Marcus Banks had 14 points and Derylton Hill added 12 points and six rebounds for Potomac State, which committed only eight turnovers for the game.

It was the fifth game in seven days for Potomac State, which plays at Garrett on Wednesday and ends the regular season Saturday at home against Cecil before the Region XX Tournament in two weeks.