Men’s Basketball: St. Louis ends Potomac State’s run

DANVILLE, Ill. — Cortez Conners slipped a three-pointer past Potomac State with four seconds remaining to rally the Archers past the Catamounts for a 72-70 win in the consolation semifinals of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Danville, Ill.

The Cats led by as many as 12 points during the second half on the back Derylton Hill’s 32 points and 12 rebounds, but St. Louis was able to trim the lead to four points, 70-66, with 28 seconds left. Conners was fouled on a three-point shot and converted all three free throws to trim the PSC lead to one. After the Cats missed the front end of a one-and-one, St. Louis called a timeout and set up a play that found Conners with an open look for the game-winner.

Conners finished with 14 points and the big final minute, but Randy Reed was the reason the Archers flourished in the second half by scoring a team-high 25 points. Jaylen Fulton added 11.

Hill’s rebounding and scoring led the Catamounts in both categories and Reggie Baker added 22 points and seven boards.

Marcus Banks finished with nine points and five rebounds, and Marcus James had 10 rebounds to go with four points.

“I’m extremely proud of these guys right now,” Potomac State coach Justin Anderson said on the ride home. “This is Potomac State’s first team to make it to the National Tournament since 1977 and it’s a testament to all of our hard work.”

Potomac State, which finishes with a 21-10 record, began the tournament with a 93-88 loss to Wake Tech in overtime. The Cats beat Carl Sandburg 83-70 the next day before ending the season with the loss to the Archers.