Photo by: Duncan Slade
FREDERICK, Md.- The stage was set on Monday night as the #19 FCC men's basketball team welcomed #1 Potomac State College of WVU in Region XX DII men's basketball action. The Catamounts rolled into the Athletics Center with a record of 25-0 and were the only remaining undefeated NJCAA DII basketball team. The Cougars scored an 87-74 victory over the Catamounts in front of a packed house. FCC improves to 19-9 and the Catamounts sit at 25-1 on the year.
With the lights shining bright on this much anticipated game, the stars shined for FCC. David Garey continues his stellar freshman campaign as he led the Cougars on Monday night. Garey, the quarterback of the FCC offense, dominated on both ends of the court. He poured in a team-high 18 points on 7-of-15 from the field while dishing out six assists. Chris Knight got the start and was a major force in the paint. He chipped in with 16 points on 7-of-9 from the field. Ben Meredith poured in 15 points and teammate Henry Okoye scored 11 off the bench. Dwayne Garner registered 10 points and pulled down five boards. FCC scorched the nets, connecting on 31-of-62 shots from the field.
Garey says this is one of the biggest wins in his basketball career with the victory over a No. 1 ranked team. "It's a great feeling knowing that the guys that you play with never give up. At any time, no matter who we play, but this was a big one with them being the No. 1 team coming into our house," said Garey.
FCC Head Coach Emonte Hill stated that this is without question one of the biggest wins in the history of FCC basketball, but there is a bigger prize down the road. "It is not every day you get to play the No. 1 team in the country. It feels good to beat a quality basketball team," said Hill. "This win gives us confidence moving into the Region tournament that we can play with anyone in the country."
FCC will conclude regular season play on Thursday (2/28) as they play host to the Nighthawks from Northern Virginia CC. Tipoff is set for 7:00 P.M. at the Athletics Center on the campus of FCC.