Maryville wins fourth-straight behind total team effort

Maryville wins fourth-straight behind total team effort

Maryville College continued their run to open the 2016-17 season, as the Scots won their fourth-straight victory with a 92-80 win over Oglethorpe University.

The Scots earned their largest point total of the season in its 92-point effort, as they go into their toughest challenge of the season tomorrow.

The Scots face off with No. 15 Emory University during the Oglethorpe University Thanksgiving Classic in Atlanta, Ga. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.

On Saturday, however, it was a late first-half run that secured a large point in the victory.

Over the final 5:58 of the first half, Maryville tallied a 19-3 run that erased a four-point deficit and led to a 42-30 Maryville lead.

Colt Nokes tossed in eight points during that run, as he finished the first half 14 points and nine rebounds. Joshua Brooks had 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting and 1-of-1 from long range in just 10 minutes off the bench, while the next nearest player to the two had five points.

The Scots shot 41.0 percent in the first half, while turning their season free-throw percentage around with a 7-for-7 effort in the opening half.

Justin Edwards led Oglethorpe University with 10 points in the opening half, as Maryville held them to a 39.3 percent outing. The Scots held the advantage with 18 points off the bench to just six from the Stormy Petrels.

Brooks continued his threat off the bench, as he notched a team-leading 19 points in just 25 minutes of action.

Jay Bowyer had a huget second half, as he neared a double- double with 15 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Nokes had a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Emier Bowman had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Calvin Songster had nine points and eight rebounds, while Tyler Spicer had nine and five. Emanuelle Garcia had six points, Dante Hoppa, five, and Chris Watson, three. In all, nine Scots tallied points in the South Region victory.

Maryville (4-0) bounced back from averaging just over 60 percent at the charity stripe to finish with a 15-of-15 effort today, while shooting 44.3 percent from the floor. The Scots had 39 bench points and 50 point in the paint on the afternoon.

For Oglethorpe, it was all Edwards. He finished the day with 34 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor. He shot 12-of-15 from the free-throw line on the day. Connor Smith had 12 points, while Tom Inungu and Chris Lawrence each had 11 points. Drew Patrick finished with a team-high eight points.