Maryville College's Calvin Songster exploded for a career-high 27 points to help the Scots overcome a 15-point first-half deficit and defeat Hendrix College 94-84 in double overtime on Friday afternoon in Nashville's Music City Classic.
The Warriors jumped out to a 21-6 advantage in the first seven minutes, but MC used a Dante Hoppa nine point first half effort and a strong bench presence to pull to only trailing 35-33 at the intermission. At the break, Maryville shot 35% from the floor (11-for-31) keeping pace with a 42% effort from beyond the arc. Gearen Littlefield and Travis Garrett tallied 22 of Hendrix's 35 first half points as the Warriors hit 44% of their first half shots from the floor.
The second half battle was going the Warrior's way until the nine-minute mark. MC's Colt Nokes deposited his first career collegiate three-pointer and Maryville took their first lead 56-54. The back-and-forth half culminated at the buzzer when MC's Jay Bowyer found Songster and the sophomore deposited the game-tying basket sending the game to overtime 71-71.
Trailing 77-74 in the first extra period, Songster dropped one of his three treys with 37-seconds remaining to force a second and final overtime.
Hendrix (3-6) was paced by three standouts with 20-plus points. Hank Aldous finished with 23 points on 8-of-21 shooting. Gearen Littlefield and Preston Smith each added 20 while Travis Garrett finished with 16 points.
Maryville (9-1) used a 32-point bench effort led by Jay Bowyer's 15 points and game-high six assists. Songster's career-day featured a 10-for-18 shooting effort while going 3-for-5 from long distance and 4-for-7 at the charity stripe. Dante Hoppa went 6-for-9 from the free throw line finishing with 14 points while Colt Nokes was strong in the paint with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
The Scots will now prepare for a tough non-conference challenge on Tuesday, January 3 with a trip to Rome, Georgia and a matchup against Berry College. Live stats, live video, and live audio of the game can be found on www.mcscots.com.