The Maryville College men's basketball team dropped their second consecutive USA South challenge of the weekend with an 80-76 loss at the hands of Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday evening.
The Monarchs took a one-point lead into the half (40-39) but an 0-for-8 offensive run to begin the second half gave the hosts the confidence for a pending run.
A Chris Watson three-pointer at the 12:26 mark, his 10th point of the contest, brought the Scots back to a one-point deficit (55-54).
For the next five minutes, Methodist used a poor shooting effort by the Scots combined with numerous turnovers to amass a 17-4 run. With 7:34 remaining Methodist bolted to a 14-point advantage with a 72-58 score.
At the 5:44 mark, Maryville went on a fast-paced 13-4 run and a Jay Bowyer layup with 17-seconds left made the score 78-76.
Methodist's Blake Davis connected on a free-throw in the final seconds and claimed his own rebound to seal the victory for the hosts.
Maryville (11-3, 2-2 USA South) was led by Dante Hoppa's 13 points and team-high nine rebounds. Chris Watson finished with 10. The Scots finished hitting only 37% of their shots (27-72) including an 11-for-32 success rate from beyond the arc.
Methodist (9-6, 3-1 USA South) pulled away with a 54% shooting effort from the floor in the second half finishing 30-for-65 (46%) for the game. Davion Ayabarreno finished 10-for-14 from the floor for a game-high 25 points. Jackson Whitley added 13 while pulling down 10 rebounds for a double-double. Blake Davis tossed in 10 to secure the win.
The Scots will now prepare for next Saturday when they host Huntingdon College in the Boydson Baird Gymnasium for a 2:00 tip off.