“In that situation, we would prefer to go to the basket,’’ Potomac State coach Justin Anderson said. “When you are in the heat of the game. Shots will either go in or they will not.’’
But, those were not the biggest plays of the game for the Catamounts.
“We had that one key turnover at the end of regulation that changed the momentum down the stretch,’’ said Anderson as Potomac State had a 75-74 lead when they committed the offensive miscue. “We have been in games like this all year long, and we’re at our best when we push the ball. We just needed to take care of it better.’’
Baker scored eight straight points in the second half giving Potomac State a 72-68 lead with just over three minutes remaining, but the 6-foot-4 sophomore from Florida was held scoreless for the final 8:02 of the contest.
Wake Tech sealed its victory, making 8-of-11 from the free-throw line in the overtime period.
After Mellette’s 31 for Wake Tech, there was Adams with 15, Waymond Wright had 13 and Jordan Jones chipped in with 11. Mellette was the team leader with 8 rebounds, while Wright had a game-high six assists.
While Baker led Potomac State with 28 points, Marcus Banks finished with 22, Jenkins had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Marcus James had 11 in the losing cause.
With the victory, Wake Tech advances to Wednesday’s 6 p.m. quarterfinal contest against Wayne County, while Potomac State falls into the consolation bracket and a 3 p.m. game on Wednesday against Carl Sandburg College.