Maryville College's Emier Bowman posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the Scots defeat Randolph College 76-63 on Saturday afternoon in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
The Scots took a narrow 33-31 lead into the intermission after Bowman dropped nine first-half points on 2-of-5 shooting while going 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. The Wildcats shot 50% (11-of-22) from the floor and 50% (4-for-8) from beyond the arc. MC countered with a 14-for-19 effort from the free-throw line while only hitting 33% (9-of-27) from the floor.
MC went on a 14-2 run in the first seven minutes to begin the second half. Randolph battle to within a ten-point margin throughout the period but a dunk by Emier Bowman and a three-pointer by JR Sanders with just over a minute remaining allowed the Scots to cruise to the 13-point victory. Maryville's defensive intensity picked up in the second half allowing Randolph only a 3-for-15 effort from beyond the arc. The Scots closed the period hitting 56% of their shots (10-of-18) while going 21-for-27 at the charity stripe.
Randolph (0-6) was paced by Sammy Hooper's 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Brian Smith tossed in 11 points while Reid Jacoby and Andy Toes each deposited 10 points. The Wildcats finished 23-for-48 from the floor including a 7-for-23 effort from beyond the arc.
Maryville (3-3) took advantage of 46 trips to the free-throw line hitting 76%. MC could not find their outside touch with a 3-for-13 effort from long distance. Bowman's 19-point effort on 5-of-9 shooting included a 9-for-12 success rate at the free-throw line. Dante Hoppa added 14 points on 3-of-7 shooting while freshman JR Sanders excelled with a 10 career-high 10 points that included a 3-for-4 effort from beyond the arc.
The Scots will now prepare to begin USA South action next weekend. They will host league rival Piedmont College in the Boydson Baird Gymnasium next Saturday at 2:00 p.m.