Late free throw misses cost Scots, 87-86, against LaGrange

Late free throw misses cost Scots, 87-86, against LaGrange

Maryville College lost in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday afternoon, after LaGrange College used a strong second half to down the Scots, 87-86, in last-second heroics.

After leading 44-33 at the half, Maryville couldn't hold off LaGrange's second-half effort.

With 56 second remaining in the game, the Scots took an 85-80 lead behind Dante Hoppa's old-fashioned 3-pointer. LaGrange's Justyn Olson would knock down a jumper with 42 second remaining to cut Maryville's lead to three, 85-82, before a Maryville turnover would open the door.

Calvin Songster came up with the key block, as Hoppa was sent to the line with 17 second remaining. Hoppa went 1-for-2 with 17 second left, before Alex Bonner would cut MC's led to two, 86-84, with only 12 second remaining.

Jay Bowyer's two free throws rattled free, as Bonner would knot the game, 86-86, with just three ticks left. He knocked down the free throw for the 3-point play, and the win, 87-86.

In the final minute of the game, Maryville went 2-for-5 at the charity strip, while the Panthers went perfect, 3-for-3, to earn the key USA South victory.

The loss ranks as Maryville's fifth on the season, as they hold a 15-5 record. The Scots are 5-4 in USA South play.

On Saturday, it was Colt Nokes that led the way. The sophomore tallied a career high 25 points, while pulling down eight rebounds and two blocks.

Songster had 15 points on a 3-for-5 effort from beyond the arc, as he added in five boards, three assists, a steal and a block. Emanuelle Garcia matched Songster with 15 points, also with three treys. Hoppa had 10 points and six rebounds, while Jay Bowyer added eight points, five assists and two steals.

Emier Bowman had six points, three rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block, while Joshua Brooks added four points and five assists. Tyler Spicer had three points for the Scots.

Maryville shot 45.5 percent (30-of-66) from the floor, while going 10-of-29 (34.5 percent) from behind the 3-point line. They bucketed 16-of-22 free throws in the one-point loss. MC saw LaGrange hit the boards, as the Scots were outrebounded, 39-29, on the afternoon.

LaGrange (11-9, 4-5 USA South) saw four players finish in double figures. Olson had 19 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Drew Vanderbrook added 16 points, three rebounds and three assists off the bench.

Bonner had 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Alijah Adedoyin added 13 points on an 8-of-9 effort at the charity stripe.

Maryville will travel to Huntingdon College tomorrow, Feb. 5, as they face the Hawks in Montgomery, Ala. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.