Men’s Basketball: Catamounts pick up pair of wins over Hagerstown and Allegany

CUMBERLAND, MD — Allegany’s Rashad Murphy’s jumper from the corner rattled out at the buzzer to allow the Potomac State College Catamounts gain a 72-71 win over Allegany College of Maryland Saturday at Bob Kirk Arena in the closing game of the Coca-Cola Christmas Classic.

Krishaun Myers led the Catamounts (7-3) with 21 points and Caelen Watts and TJ Steele both scored 15 points.

Allegany (3-8) was led by Billy Giles with 22 points and 18 rebounds, Nyles Roberson with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Bronson Vuninka with 12 points.

The Catamounts led 34-31 at the half and maintained a lead for much of the second half, with the Trojans trailing no more than by five points.

In the final moments with the score at the eventual final of 72-71, both teams exchanged missed free throws, with Allegany regaining possession.

The Trojans ran the ball up the court and missed a three point attempt from the top of the key. However, they got the ball back under the basket with 1.4 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, a play to Giles in the middle or to Murphy in the corner went to Murphy, but the shot did not fall for the Trojans but for the Catamounts, who came off the court the winner for the seventh time this season.

“It was a heck of a ballgame,” said Allegany coach Tommie Reams. “Coach (Justin) Anderson had his team well prepared and we were well prepared, but just came up a little short.”

On Friday, T.J. Steele hit four three-point goals and led four Potomac State scorers in double figures with 23 points as the Catamounts knocked off Hagerstown Community College 90-86 in the opening game of the Coca-Cola Christmas Classic at Allegany College.

Krishaun Myers had 19 points on seven field goals and 5 of 6 shooting from the foul line. Caelen Watts had 18 points and Desmond Chandler finished with 14 points for Potomac State (6-3).

Devin Moore and Marcus Varner had 16 points for Hagerstown.

Potomac State will host Mercyhurst North East Tuesday at 7 p.m. Allegany will host Baltimore City Community College Wednesday at 7 p.m.