"I think a week without playing showed a little bit, offensively. We were anxious, we sat here and watched two full days of basketball, with the [first-round] bye. We were nervous, the crowd was a little bit bigger and louder than normal, and that team was very talented, much bigger than us at any position, especially at the guards.
"Our kids were persistent and mentally tough. ... Terrale Clark really stepped up; he was the best player on the floor in the last 10 minutes."
Williams said Voorhees, based in Denmark, S.C., came with something to prove after only being seeded fourth. The Tigers did have two regular-season losses to fifth-seeded Morris College, and they beat them 104-97 in the first round Friday.
"Voorhees is probably the most athletic team in this tournament, the fastest team up and down," Williams said. "Their bigs can do a lot of things inside and out. We're going to have to play another great game tomorrow."
Brandon Allen had 15 points and 15 rebounds, helping Voorhees establish superiority inside. The rebounding was nearly even at 42-40, but Voorhees had a 23-7 advantage in second-chance points. The Tigers also led 36-22 in the paint and 17-9 in points off turnovers.
Evans gave Voorhees the lead for good at 29-27 with a dunk, and that lead stretched to 40-32 at halftime. The first 61/2 minutes of the second half was a show of domination, as Voorhees took a 61-42 lead on a Willie Waters dunk.
The Cougars (23-6) cut the lead to nine points with 7:26 left, but Voorhees answered with a pair of layups to lead 72-59.
San Marcos was led by Brian Emanuel and Jose Rivera, who scored 11 points apiece. The Cougars shot just 39.7 percent from the floor and turned it over 15 times.
One factor in the Cougars' loss: They held out point guard Danny Redmon after he sprained an ankle Friday in a practice at the Charleston Catholic complex. The Cougars expect to receive an at-large berth in the NAIA national tournament, March 13-19 in Kansas City, Mo.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com or at twitter.com/dougsmock.