After trailing the majority game, Maryville put together an astonishing comeback on Tuesday night to down the Sewanee Tigers, 83-70 in overtime.
With 3:44 left in the game, Maryville trailed by 12 to the Tigers, 62-50. That's when the Scots posted a 17-point effort over the final 3 minutes to knot the game at 67-67 and force overtime.
"I don't know that I've ever had a team have that large of a deficit and come back and win the game," Head Coach Randy Lambert said. "We began our full-court press, and we made some things happen. They missed a free throw or two, and I look up, and we've got it tied. Their last possession, they tried to attack the basket, and we did a good job defensively and stopped their penetration. Their point guard walked, and we got the ball and took a last-second desperation shot."
Maryville used a 17-5 run that was spurred by Dante Hoppa. Hoppa bucketed a lay-in to start the run, before netting a trey off an Emier Bowman assist. Calvin Songster hit the long-ball with 47 seconds left to pull Maryville to within two, before a Colt Nokes lay-up with 11 seconds left forced overtime.
That's where Maryville's astonishing run continued.
MC outscored Sewanee 16-3 in the overtime period to stretch their 8-minute run to a 30-8 blanking.
Over that 30-8 run, Maryville was perfect from the floor, going 9-of-9 (100 percent) from the field, while bucketing each of the four treys they attempted. The Scots' only miscues in their run was an 11-13 mark (84.6 percent) at the free-throw line.
"We were struggling offensively, but in overtime, we scored on every possession," Lambert said. "Our players really battled back from some adversity and responded when they needed too. I can't explain it. We have the tendency to score in bunches, and last night, the right bunch came at the right time. We did pick up the pace and force them into making some decisions. Sometimes, the press is a bit of a gamble, but it paid off last night."
Hoppa led Maryville with nine points over that 8-minute span, while Songster chipped in eight on the blistering run. Tyler Spicer and Joshua Brooks each added five points, while Colt Nokes had four and Blake Bowman, two.
Maryville shot just 34.5 percent (10-of-29) from the floor in the first half, while posting a 28.6 percent outing from beyond the arc with two treys.
The Scots finished the non-conference contest with a 30-of-65 effort for a 46.2 percent afternoon. They hit eight treys at a 42.1 percent clip.
Nokes led the way for Maryville with a career high 20-point effort, as the sophomore toppled his previous best of 17 set earlier this year at Randolph College. The game marks Nokes' fourth double-digit outing in the Scots' seven games this season.
He had eight rebounds and one steal, while shooting 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the floor.
Hoppa had 13 points after scoring nine in Maryville's run, while shooting 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Hoppa had five rebounds, four steals and one assist on the day, while Songster matched Hoppa's 13-point effort. Songster had three treys to go with two assists and a 50-percent outing for the Scots.
The Scots forced 21 turnovers, taking advantage of that for 27 points.
Sewanee shot 51.9 percent on the evening, going 28-of-54. They scored eight treys on a 34.8 percent outing.
Jorden Williams led the Tigers with 28 points, bucketing five treys. Clay Born had 13 points and a team-leading six rebounds, while Leo Born added 10.
Behind the Scots' 30-8 run, they moved to 6-1 on the young season, as they have hopes of entering the Christmas break with a 7-1 record. The Scots host Birmingham Southern College on Saturday, Dec. 10.
"I hope that we can play well against Birmingham Southern," Lambert said. "We've charged our guys to take it one game at a time for this season. We try not to look ahead. It would be nice to finish with a win going into finals week. We could take a break and enjoy our Christmas, and then come back and get at it again. I'm very excited about this team…We're fairly young. Last night, we played nine sophomores, and several of them made big baskets when we needed them."
Tipoff on Randy Lambert Court is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.