Six Scots score double digits as MC upends USA South favorites, 97-84

Six Scots score double digits as MC upends USA South favorites, 97-84

The Maryville College Scots downed the USA South Preseason Favorites, LaGrange College, in huge fashion on Saturday night, 97-84.

The Scots saw six players score in double figures, while a third scored nine points in the nearly 100-point game.

After a 7-7 tie with 16:55 left in the first half, Maryville took a run that would put them in the lead for good. A pair of free throws, a pair of treys and a jumper by senior Tyler Spicer put the Scots on a single-handed 10-0 run, before Calvin Songster made it a 12-0 run with a jumper at the 12:20 mark.

Jacob Gaetanos broke the Panthers' silence at 11:56 with a tip in, but a Songster trey would give Maryville a 22-9 lead.

Another 7-0 run would give Maryville a 31-13 lead with 7:38 left in the first half.

As the buzzer sounded, Dante Hoppa knocked down a trey from Joshua Brooks for a 20-point halftime advantage, 50-30.

LaGrange would chip away at Maryville's lead in the second half, cutting the Scots' lead to only 10, 81-71, with 6:29 remaining off a Drew Vanderbrook trey. That's the closest they would get, as Songster and Chris Watson bucketed jumpers for an 85-71 game.

The Scots sank their free throws over the final minutes, going five-of-six, to seal the victory.

Maryville (5-1, 1-0 USA South) scored an incredible 50 percent from the floor, going 31-of-62. The Scots tallied 14 treys on a 46.7 percent clip, while going 21-of-28 from the free-throw line.

Spicer had 15 points on a 50 percent effort (4-of-8), while he made three treys on the day. Spicer had six rebounds and a steal in the key win over the conference favorites.

Songster matched Spicer with 15 points of his own, as he went 3-of-5 from 3-point range off the bench. He had two rebounds and two assists for Maryville. Emanuell Garcia had 14 points, while Hoppa added 13 with a 3-of-6 effort from beyond the arc. He had six rebounds, two assists and a block.

Jay Bowyer had 13 points, three rebounds three assists and two steals, while Watson had 11 points and five boards off the bench.

Brooks had nine points, six assists, two rebounds and two assists for Maryville, while Emier Bowman had five points. Blake Bowman added two points for the Scots.

Maryville took advantage of their opportunities, scoring 27 points off 17 Panther turnovers. The Orange and Garnet had 42 points off the bench, while they converted 17 fast-break points on the afternoon.

For LaGrange (5-2, 0-1), the Panthers saw five players finish in double-digit scoring. Vanderbrook had 14 points to lead LaGrange, as he had six rebounds, two steals and an assist. Elijah Adedoyin has 13 points, while Justyn Olson had 12 points, five steals and four rebounds.

Travis Thompson had 12 points off the bench, while Alex Bonner had 10 points and a team-leading seven rebounds.

LaGrange shot 27-of-66 from the field (40.9 percent), while shooting at a 29.4 percent clip (5-of-17) from long range. The Panthers hit 25-of-31 free throws.

Maryville will have a couple days off, before they travel to Sewanee, Tenn. to face off with the Tigers of Sewanee. Tipoff for that game is 7 p.m. central, 8 p.m. eastern time.