Men’s Basketball: Potomac State rallies to stun Allegany

Nequan Carrington

Potomac State College’s Nequan Carrington (10) looks to pass while being pressured by Allegany College of Maryland’s Jason Copman (35) during the second half of the Catamounts come-from-behind 71-69 victory Thursday night at Bob Kirk Arena. The Trojans’ Dedan Williams (25) is at right. Carrington scored 14 points for Potomac State and Copman had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Photo by Ken Nolan/ Cumberland Times News

Carrington, Weathers cap Catamount's 71-69 comeback

CUMBERLAND, MD — Potomac State didn’t have its first lead until there were less than a minute left, but the Catamounts never gave it back, edging Allegany College of Maryland during the final minutes Thursday evening in a battle of local colleges at Bob Kirk Arena.

The Trojans held a 67-62 lead with two minutes on the clock, but Kyle Jackson sank a three-pointer for PSC as the shot clock expired to slice the lead to 67-65. After tying the score at 67, Nequan Carrington hit a jump shot with 41 seconds remaining to put the Cats on top, 69-67.

Allegany’s Marquis Roberson got the lead to one point by sinking half of a pair of foul shots, making it 69-68.

The Trojans elected to go for the ball and not the foul on the ensuing possession, but after coming close to a steal on multiple occasions, Allegany was forced to foul with seven seconds left. Malcolm Weathers drained both of the free throws on the foul to push the lead to 71-68, and Potomac State fouled Gabe Mack instead of letting the Trojans get off a clean shot. Mack made the first free throw, missed the second and ACM’s Roberson got a look at a put back but had the ball deflected as the buzzer sounded.

Potomac State received 16 points from Justin Milstead and 14 apiece from BJ Hill and Carrington. Jackson added nine points.

The Trojans were commanded by Jason Copman with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Dean Williams added 11 points, Mack scored 10 and James Bazemore contributed nine.

“We seemed to have momentum early on,” said ACM head coachTommie Reams. “We got a couple of oops from Williams that gave us a boost, but we eventually stalled. I thought we played good defense and made them work for shots, but they came through by making them at the times they needed to.

“You had two pretty good teams battling against each other and it resulted in a great game.”

Potomac State (14-5) returns home to face Chesapeake at 4 p.m. on Saturday.