Nokes' double-double leads MC to 15-point comeback, 74-65

Nokes' double-double leads MC to 15-point comeback, 74-65

The Maryville College Scots overcame a 15-point first half deficit on Saturday, as they marched back for a 74-65 win over Randolph College on Saturday afternoon.

Maryville struggled in the first half, after both teams traded points. The Scots led 13-12 with 11:36 left in the first half, but Randolph College went on a huge run.

The WildCats took an 11-1 run for a 24-14 lead. Randolph would extend that run to a 31-16 lead with 5:03 remaining before Maryville could find a run of their own. The Scots finished the half with a 15-7 surge, as they trailed, 38-31 at the half.

Maryville shot just 32.1 percent from the floor, as they converted on only 4-of-13 treys. Point guard Joshua Brooks led MC with 10 points off the bench, while Calvin Songster had eight.

However, it was Colt Nokes that took over the game in the second half. After ending the first half with only three points and three rebounds, the sophomore post finished the game with his first double-double of the season. He scored 17 points to go with 10 rebounds, as Nokes knocked down 5-of-10 shots and seven charity tosses. He went an impressive 4-of-7 from the field in the second half.

However, Maryville again hit double digits in 3-pointers. On Wednesday against Centre College, the Scots tossed in a dozen treys, while they deposited 10 against the WildCats. Maryville shot 38.6 percent from the floor (22-of-57), while going 10-of-27 (37 percent) from beyond the arc.

Maryville outrebounded Randolph, 46-42.

Songster had 11 points to go with four rebounds and two assists. Songster had three treys to lead Maryville, while Brooks matched him with 11 points.

Kaleb Estes had nine points, while Dante Hoppa had eight. Jay Bowyer had six points, six assists and three rebounds, while Emeir Bowman had six rebounds and four points. Emanuelle Garcia had four points, Chris Watson, three, and Tyler Spicer, one.

Randolph College was led by Ryan Fields' 18-point day, while Reid Jacoby and Colton Lee each tallied 15 points. Drew Hayden had 11 rebounds for the WildCats, while Jacoby had six assists.

Randolph shot 36.9 percent, as MC's defense dropped that from a 42.4 percent performance in the first half.

Maryville will return home on Wednesday, Nov. 23 for a game just before Thanksgiving. Maryville will host Emory & Henry College for a 3 p.m. tipoff on Randy Lambert Court.