The Piedmont College Lions used a consistent perimeter attack while out working the Scots on the boards to defeat Maryville College 91-82 in men's basketball on Monday evening in Demorest, Georgia.
Maryville connected on 45% of their first half shots, but went to halftime down 44-41 because the Lions hit 52% of their attempts while out rebounding the Scots 21-13.
Calvin Songster and Emanuelle Garcia paced MC in the first half. Songster went 4-for-5 from the floor and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc for 14 first half points. Garcia was perfect from long distance going 3-for-3 for nine first half points.
MC could not close the gap in the second half with Piedmont finishing over 56% from the floor including a 56% effort from long distance (10-for-18). The Lions also dominated on the boards finishing the game out rebounding the Scots 41-29.
Maryville (12-4, 3-3 USA South) was led by Calvin Songster's 21 points. The sophomore was 6-for-10 from the floor and 3-for-5 in three-point attempts. Dante Hoppa, Tyler Spicer, and Emanuelle Garcia each added 11 points. Emier Bowman paced MC on the boards with seven rebounds.
Piedmont (11-7, 5-2 USA South) used a 26-point effort by Justin Vallejo. He finished 8-for-11 from the floor and 8-for-9 at the free throw line. Chase England added 16 points while Peyton Luken and Taylor Mills added a dozen points each. England and Vallejo combined for 16 rebounds for the Lions.
Maryville will now prepare to host USA South foes William Peace and North Carolina Wesleyan on Friday and Saturday in MC's Cooper Athletic Center.