Maryville College's Calvin Songster dropped 20 points in a strong perimeter attack while Colt Nokes deposited 17 points in the paint to help the Scots defeat USA South Athletic Conference rival Huntingdon College 80-75 in Montgomery, Alabama on Saturday evening.
MC's stingy defense held the Hawks to a 37% shooting effort in the first half (13-for-35) while the offense surged a 46% shooting effort that included a 43% success rate (6-for-14) from beyond the arc. Huntingdon could not find their outside range hitting only 29% (5-for-17) from beyond the three-point line. The Scots to a 50-41 advantage into the intermission with Nokes and Songster each sinking a dozen points.
Both teams struggled during the final twenty minutes to find their shooting touch. Huntingdon closed the game with a 25% success rate from the field (10-for-39) while only connecting on a pair (2-for-13) of trey. The Scots hit almost 30% of their shots (8-for-27) including a 4-for-9 effort from downtown.
Maryville trailed 70-66 with 4:30 remaining. The Scots' Emier Bowman energized the squad with a three-pointer and a dunk on consecutive plays followed by a Kaleb Estes trey to help MC finish on a 14-5 run and remain undefeated in league action.
Huntingdon (5-3, 0-2 USA South) was paced by four players finishing with double-digit scoring. T.C. Elmore finished with 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Kyante Pines added 16 points and eight boards while R.J. Jones sank 12 points. Scotty Chadwick came off the bench to add 10 points.
Maryville (5-3, 2-0 USA South) was led by Songster's 6-for-8 shooting from the floor that included an amazing 5-for-6 effort from beyond the arc. The talented junior also posted four steals and a trio of assists. Nokes finished 6-of-15 from the floor while bringing down a game-high nine rebounds. Emier Bowman tossed in eight points, six boards, and three blocks while Dante Hoppa, JR Sanders, and Malcolm each contributed seven points. Tristan Neilson was strong on the glass with six boards.
The Scots will travel to LaGrange College on Sunday to continue their USA South swing. Tip-off in LaGrange, Georgia is slated for 3:00 p.m.