The Maryville College men's basketball earned their second consecutive victory and their first in USA South history with an 86-72 win over North Carolina Wesleyan College on Sunday afternoon in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
MC hit 7-of-18 three pointers in the first half and tallied 37 of their first period points from a strong bench effort. The Scots' strong offensive board presence led by Jaumonee Byrd added 11 second chance points and allowed Maryville to take a 47-37 lead into the break.
The Bishops closed the gap in the second half on 41% shooting, mostly attacking the basket in the paint. At the 8:47 mark, a Jaumonee Byrd offensive rebound and basket tied the game for the fifth and final time 64-64. A break away three pointer by Christian Ford advanced MC's led to six at the five minute mark and a steal by Craig Raye and basket by Byrd gave the Scots an 11 point cushion to close the game out.
Maryville forced 11 turnovers on the afternoon and capitalized on each scoring 20 points off the Bishop miscues. For the entire contest, MC's bench deposited 55 of their 86 total points.
NC Wesleyan (7-1, 0-1 USA South) was paced by Brandon Givens' 33 points and 14 rebounds. Givens was 9-for-19 from the field and 14-for-20 from the charity stripe. Chris Ford added 15 points and seven rebounds as the Bishops finished the game hitting 44% of their shots from the field as a team.
Maryville (4-3, 1-1 USA South) had five players contribute with double digit scoring efforts. Jaumonee Byrd was 8-for-10 from the floor for a team-high 18 points. Christian Ford was 3-for-8 from beyond the arc and tallied 15 points. The sophomore leaders also had six rebounds, eight assists, and a steal. Craih Raye came off the bench to deposit 13 points and haul down seven boards. Jose Agosto was 5-for-8 from the field while adding 12 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Joey Bodewig was strong in the paint with a team-high eight rebounds while tossing in 10 points. Spencer Shoffner helped MC's perimeter attack going 3-for-6 from three-point range for nine points. The Scots shot 42% from the field and 32% from beyond the arc collectively.
The Scots will now prepare for a USA South road trip next Saturday when they travel to LaGrange College to challenge the Panthers. Tip off is slated for 3:00 in LaGrange, Georgia.