Hoppa's double-double, Bowman's 21 leads Scots past Lions, 83-56

Hoppa's double-double, Bowman's 21 leads Scots past Lions, 83-56

Maryville College extended their win streak to six games on Wednesday afternoon, as the Scots downed USA South foe Piedmont College, 83-56.

MC followed a strong double-double of 14 rebounds and 13 points by Dante Hoppa, while Emier Bowman's 21 points led four Scots in double figures for the conference victory.

After trailing 8-5 early in the first half, Maryville found a 12-0 run that spurred the Scots' offense. Kaleb Estes bucketed a trey from a Joshua Brooks assists, before Danterrius Bray matched him off a Hoppa dish. Bray used an Estes pass to make it a trio of 3-pointers in a row for Maryville, while Emier Bowman would add the old-fashioned three-point play for a 19-10 MC lead.

The Scots would never look back from that point, extending their lead to as many as 20 in the first half. They would take a 42-24 lead to the locker room at the break.

Maryville shot a blistering 45.5 percent from the floor, as they connected on six treys at a 50-percent clip in the first 20 minutes. Bray was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the first half, while Estes added a pair of his own.

MC had 19 points off the bench during the first half.

Maryville College never let up, extending their lead to as many as 27 late in the game, before taking the 83-56 victory.

MC took advantage of 18 turnovers for Piedmont, creating 22 points. The Lions only mustered three points off 10 MC miscues.

Maryville (7-4, 3-1 USA South) saw Hoppa finish with 13 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a pair of blocks for a  complete game. Bowman had 21 points, six rebounds, three blocks, two steals and an assist of his own, while Bray added 11 points on three 3-pointers.

Songster had 10 points and a pair of assists, while Joshua Brooks added eight points and four assists. Estes had six points and three assists, and Emauelle Garcia had five points. Jordan Griswould and Nick Clifton had four points each, as Trevor Gaines-Perry added one point.

Maryville shot 50.8 percent (31-of-61) for the game, as they made nine treys. The Scots shot 47.4 percent from long range, while going 60 percent (12-of-20) at the free-throw line.

Piedmont College (0-11, 0-5) shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55) for the game, as Maryville held them to two 3-pointersat a 13.3 percent rate. The Lions controlled the paint with 42 points in the paint and 11 second-chance tallies.

Marquise Lanier led the way with 13 points, two assists and two steals, while Jordan Foote added 12 points and four rebounds. Justin Quick had six points, as he led Piedmont with nine boards.

Maryville will look to continue their streak this weekend, as the Scots take to the road for a pair of conference matchups.

MC travels to Huntingdon College on Saturday, Jan. 5 for a 3 p.m. eastern, 2 p.m. central tip, before taking on LaGrange College at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6.