Maryville College moved to a four-way tie for third place on Saturday afternoon, as the Scots doused the N.C. Wesleyan College Battling Bishops, 82-71, on Randy Lambert Court.
MC moved to 5-3 in the USA South Conference, as they continue their dominance in their 14-4 record for 2016-17.
After falling behind 11-4 in the early goings on the Maryville mounted a run. With 13:08 left in the first half, Emier Bowman hit a long trey for a 15-15 tie, but the Bishops would again take control.
A.J. Frye went on a 5-0 run by himself, before Adrian Moore made it a 7-0 run and a 21-15 Maryville deficit with 11:01 left.
Maryville would find control from then on for the remainder of the game, riding a 16-1 run. Six Scots scored in the run – a total team effort – as Maryville would take a commanding lead, 31-23 with 6:05 left in the first half. The Orange and Garnet road that momentum and lead for the remainder of the game for the 82-71 USA South victory.
Maryville trails only Greensboro (6-2) and Methodist (6-3) in the USA South standings, as they rank tied with Piedmont College, Ferrum College and Averett University.
The Scots saw a complete team effort, as four MC players scored in double figures. Jay Bowyer led the way with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including a 3-of-3 night from beyond the arc. He had a team-high 7 assists, while tallying two steals and a rebound.
Tyler Spicer had 13 points – also with three treys – while grabbing three steals, two assists and two boards. Dante Hoppa had 10 points, six assists and four rebounds, while Emier Bowman had 11 points. He had four rebounds and two huge baseline dunks in the game.
Maryville shot an astonishing 52.5 percent (32-of-61) from the floor. They bucketed 11 3-pointers at a 47.8 percent clip, while going 7-of-10 at the free-throw line. The Scots outrebounded the Battling Bishops 34-29, while earning 23 assists. They tallied 24 points off 15 N.C. Wesleyan turnovers.
The Bishops (10-9, 3-5 USA South) saw four players finish with double figures. Frye had 24 points, five boards, three assists, a steal and a block, while Chris Braswell had 13 points, four boards and four assists.
Just Tankelewicz had 12 points, while Moore had 11 points, a team-high nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.
N.C. Wesleyan shot 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the floor, while scoring seven treys at a 33.3 percent clip.
Maryville will step out of USA South action on Tuesday night, as they host Berea College in a make-up contest from earlier this season. Tipoff inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium is slated for 7 p.m.