Maryville College now sits in a four-way tie for the conference lead after the Scots knocked off Piedmont College on Wednesday night, 84-68.
Maryville sits tied with Methodist University, Greensboro College and Averett University, while the Monarchs and the Pride both hold tiebreakers over the Scots. MC plays at Averett in the final game of the season on Feb. 18.
Maryville – the No. 8 team in the NCAA South Region rankings – shot an incredible 49.2 percent from the floor, while going 31-of-63. The Scots hit six treys at a 33.3 percent clip, while going 16-of-24 at the charity stripe.
The win moves the Scots into a key position within the conference. If Maryville was to win out – coupled with a loss for Greensboro and Methodist both – the Scots would win their first regular season USA South crown since 2013-14.
On Wednesday, Maryville (17-5, 7-4 USA South) saw Joshua Brooks have the biggest game of his career, as he scored career highs in points and rebounds. Brooks neared a triple-double with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists, as the sophomore missed his career high in assists by only one.
Brooks has recorded five assists in each of his last three contests. The sophomore guard shot 6-of-9, while going 9-of-10 from the free throw line. He also had two steals on the night.
Calvin Songster had 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a block, as the sophomore 3-point threat shot 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Emier Bowman had 10 points and two rebounds, while Jay Bowyer had nine points, four rebounds, five steals and two assists.
Colt Nokes tallied nine points, four blocks, three rebounds and three assists, while Chris Watson had eight points and four boards. Dante Hoppa and Tyler Spicer each had three points, while Spicer added four rebounds and a pair of blocks. Emanuelle Garcia, Blake Bowman and Tristan Nielson each contributed two points for the Scots.
Maryville dominated the paint, scoring 38 points inside compared to just 16 from the Lions. MC also outscored Piedmont, 33-11, off the bench on the night.
The Lions (12-10, 6-5 USAS) outrebounded, 41-38, but Maryville held Piedmont to just a 37.7 percent effort from the floor (23-of-61). The Lions knocked down 11 treys at a 44.0 percent clip, while shooting just 55.0 percent (11-20) from the free throw line.
Piedmont saw three Lions scored in double figures, as Chase England led the way with 19 points. England had four rebounds, two steals, two blocks and an assists on the night.
Trae Gaines had 16 points, seven boards and two assists, while Peyton Luken had 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a block.
Maryville will look next to host Ferrum College on Saturday, Feb. 11. Maryville will host Senior Day for Spicer, as tipoff is set for 3 p.m. The Scots will also host Covenant College on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m.