The Greensboro College Pride used a 13-4 run over the final four minutes to snap the Maryville College men's basketball squad's seven-game win streak. The host Pride defeated the Scots 81-77 on Friday evening in Greensboro, North Carolina in a key USA South challenge.
MC had a hard time early breaking Greensboro's full-court pressure that forced 10 Scots turnovers in the first half. Despite Maryville shooting 47% from the floor, Greensboro took advantage of MC's miscues while throwing down 51% of their shots to secure a 51-43 first half lead.
Maryville started the second half strong with a 9-1 run, tying the game 52-52 in the first four minutes. Over the next six minutes the Pride out-paced MC 12-7 for a five-point lead with ten minutes remaining.
The Scots used a Calvin Songster pair of free throws to go up 77-75 with 2:48 remaining.
A Joseph Gatling trey, a Darus Maddox steal, and a Christopher Corbin rebound and basket gave Greensboro the lead and Maryville could not find the late heroics used earlier in the season.
Greensboro (8-4, 2-0 USA South) was paced by Joseph Gatling and Lorenzo Marry who each posted 17 points. Donavon Griffith added 14 points with Darus Maddox adding 13.
The Pride forced 23 Maryville turnovers on the evening converting those miscues to 25 extra points.
Maryville (11-2, 1-1 USA South) was led by Dante Hoppa's 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Hoppa added seven rebounds while Colt Nokes paced MC on the boards with nine rebounds. Nokes and Calvin Songster each finished with 13 points and Blake Bowman tossed in 10.
Maryville's 11-2 start is the second best start in the Lambert era.
The Scots will remain on the road and travel to Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday. MC will challenge Methodist University at 4:00 p.m.