Maryville College's Colt Nokes exploded for a game-high 24 points that included a 16-point second half to lead the Scots past USA South foe William Peace University 81-77 on Friday evening in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
The Pacers jumped out to a 15-7 advantage early in the first half before Maryville went on an 8-0 run capped by a Jay Bowyer jump shot at the 11-minute mark. The next five minutes had William Peace out pace MC with a 17-4 run pushing their advantage to 32-19 at the six-minute mark. Maryville stormed back just before the half with key baskets by Kaleb Estes and Joshua Brooks to make the score 38-36 in favor of the visitors. The Scots shot an amazing 76% inside the arc (13-for-17) but shot a woeful 2-for-15 (13%) from long distance.
Maryville tied the game for the first time at the 18:29 mark in the second half with a Chris Watson layup. The battle went back-and-forth until the 4:53 mark where the score stood at a 70-70 deadlock. Back-to-back treys by Tyler Spicer and Kaleb Estes gave MC a four-point advantage with only three minutes remaining. A Colt Nokes layup and key free throws by Estes and Calvin Songster sealed the hard-fought league victory for the Scots.
William Peace (13-4, 3-3 USA South) was paced by four players in double figures. Chris Thomas deposited 15 points while bringing down eight rebounds. Jalen Vince and Dakota King each sank 13 points with King hauling down a team-high nine rebounds. Jay Hicks finished with 11 for the Pacers.
Maryville (13-4, 4-3 USA South) used Colt Nokes' 11-for-13 shooting effort from the floor and eight rebounds in the post to secure the win. Calvin Songster added a dozen points off a pair of treys while Kaleb Estes tallied nine points. Tyler Spicer was key off the bench with a team-high nine rebounds.
The win pushes Maryville to a fifth place standing within the USA South. The Scots will host North Carolina Wesleyan College on Randy Lambert Court on Saturday with a scheduled tip-off of 4:00 p.m.