Men’s Basketball: Nationally-ranked Potomac State ends regular season with win

KEYSER, W.V. — The Potomac State Catamounts, the No. 19 NJCAA Division II team in the country, finished a productive week on Saturday with a 66-63 win over Frederick Community College at Dana G. Lough Gymnasium in men’s junior college basketball action.

The Catamounts (21-4), who defeated No. 16 Garrett on Wednesday, overcame some rough shooting from the free-throw line on Saturday to hold off a late Frederick rally to give the sophomores a win in the final game of the season at Lough Gymnasium, where they finished 12-0 this season.

George Chase led the Cats with 20 points, six rebounds and one blocked shot, making some big shots down the stretch, including three three-point goals for the game. Tyrelle Edmiston had 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots, while Torrey Mayo had seven rebounds and three assists, Daylin Davis six rebounds, and Zackery White four rebounds and three steals.

“It was a nice win for the sophomores on Sophomore Day to get the last win at home,” said Potomac State head coach Justin Anderson. “Davis and (Jordan) Colebank came in and gave us a lot of energy defensively with the press. Chase made some key shots and key free throws down the stretch, and overall it was a good team win.

“Plus, give Frederick credit for battling all the way to the end the way they did.”

Potomac State, which shot 21 for 35 from the free-throw line, led at the half, 28-21, and at one point had the lead to 11 with a 62-51 lead with 2:25 left in the second half, before Frederick cut it to 62-55 at 1:09. 

With 41 seconds left, Frederick had it down to 62-57, but Chase hit a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left, and then Mayo and George both made one from the line to give the Catamounts enough room, as Frederick hit a two-pointer at the buzzer to make the final 66-63.

Potomac State will now prepare for this week’s Region XX Tournament.