Maryville College freshman guard Emanuelle poured in a career-high 19 points to help the Scots defeat No.18 ranked Emory University 91-67 on Saturday evening in Maryville's Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
MC took a 35-32 lead to the half with a stingy defense. The Scots held Emory to a 31% effort from the field while the Eagles could not find their perimeter touch hitting only 2-of-13 from beyond the arc. Maryville countered with a 43% effort from long distance despite hitting only 29% of their free-throws (5-of-17).
The Scots exploded for 56 points in the final period with Garcia leading the attack from beyond the arc. MC hit 7-of-12 treys with Garcia dropping 4-of-4 treys. The Scots closed out the game hitting 56% from the floor while going 11-for-15 from the charity stripe. Defensively, Emory was held to a 39% shooting effort in the second half.
The Scots forced 19 turnovers with their constant pressure and tallied 24 points off Eagle miscues.
Emory (4-2) was led by Jonathan Terry's 14 points and game-high 8 rebounds. Will Trawick added 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting while Austin Daque tossed in 9 points.
Maryville (3-1) was paced by Spencer Shoffner's 24 points. The senior hit 8-of-16 shots while sinking three treys. Garcia Finished 7-for-11 from the floor and 5-for-7 from long distance. Joshua Brooks tallied 10 points while dishing out three assists in his MC debut. Tyler Spicer helped MC out rebound the Eagles 45-43 with his team-high 7 rebound evening. Jay Bowyer and Spicer each added 9 points for the key South region victory.
"It's amazing what young kids can do," stated MC head coach Randy Lambert. "Our guys just fought, battled, and played with so much conviction tonight. I'm just really pleased with the team and their effort tonight."
The Scots will host Oglethorpe University on Sunday with a 4:00 p.m. scheduled tip-off. Oglethorpe fell to LaGrange in an earlier contest on Saturday in the Cooper Athletic Center by the score of 77-56. Oglethorpe is 1-3 on the season while the Panthers of LaGrange College advanced to 3-1 on the season. Emory will host LaGrange at 2:00 in the Boydson Baird Gymnasium before MC challenges Oglethorpe to conclude the 2015 Small College Basketball Classic.