The Maryville College men's basketball team dropped a key regional challenge against Emory & Henry College by the score of 86-74 in the final matchup of the Maryville College Invitational on Sunday in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
The Wasps went on a 13-2 run to begin the game before MC's Emanuelle Garcia dropped a three-pointer making the score 13-5. E&H expanded their advantage to 20-points at the 9:17 mark following a Tharon Suggs jump shot making the score 29-9. For the final five minutes of the half, Maryville whittled down the lead with key three-point baskets by Calvin Songster and Danterrius Bray. Emory & Henry went to the half with a 43-32 advantage after hitting 50% of their shots while going 3-for-9 from the perimeter. The Scots shot only 33% from the floor (13-for-33) including a 4-for-14 effort from beyond the arc.
Emory & Henry's Daniel Spencer followed up his 11-point first half with 14 points in the final 20 minutes. The Wasps did not regress in their shooting hitting 59% from the floor (13-for-22). Maryville could not make up any ground on the Wasp lead after shooting 34% from the field (12-for-35) in the final period. MC's Dante Hoppa had a strong final period with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Emory & Henry (4-0) remains undefeated behind the game-high 25-point effort of Daniel Spencer. Each of the Wasps' starting five tallied double digits in scoring. Colin Molden tossed in 17 and Alic Wynn added 15. Tharon Suggs and Jarris Hendricks each tossed in 11 points. Spencer, Wynn, and Hendricks each had double-double efforts with 12, 10, and 10 rebounds respectively.
Maryville (0-2) finished the game hitting 36% from the field and 29% from long distance. Calvin Songster finished with 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting that included a trio of treys. Dante Hoppa added 11 points and a team-high nine boards. JP McGhee was strong off the bench with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Maryville will now prepare for the Emory Classic in Atlanta, Georgia next weekend. They will challenge Emory University on Saturday and Oglethorpe University on Sunday before returning home November 27th to host USA South foe Covenant College.