Men’s Basketball: Garrett pulls away from Potomac State at Region XX

HAGERSTOWN, MD — The Garrett College Lakers advanced to their second-straight NJCAA National Tournament by relying on DeAndre Davis and Nemo Trexler to carry them away from Potomac State in the second half of a 71-60 win in the Region XX Division II Championship Monday at Hagerstown Community College.

Davis scored 21 points and had eight rebounds, and Trexler had 20 points with 10 boards to lead the Lakers. Rze Culbreath scored all 10 of his points in the second half as Garrett added to a 22-20 lead at halftime.

“It’s pretty big to win back-to-back region titles and I couldn’t be prouder of the team than I am right now,” said Dennis Gibson, Garrett’s head coach. “These guys set their sights on getting back to the tournament and it’s been enjoyable watching them work toward that goal and accomplish it.”

The Catamounts (19-8) started with momentum and led by as much as eight points with five minutes left in the first half. A 3-pointer and two free throws by Adam Wilkinson on consecutive possessions sliced the lead to three. Davis added a couple of inside buckets to allow Garrett (24-6) to take a 22-20 lead at the break.

The big turning point in the second half came when back-to-back 3-pointers from Sebastien Jean-Charles and Chris Scarlett increased Garrett’s lead from four to 10 points.

Potomac State got 15 points from Ketrick Bartley and Zachery White led the team with eight rebounds. Dantae Campbell added 11 points.

The NJCAA Division II Tournament is played at the Mary Miller Gym at Danville Community College in Danville, Ill. It begins on March 17 and runs until March 21.

Both teams qualified for the tournament last season after Potomac State won Region XXA and Garrett took Region XXB.