The Maryville College men's basketball team had seven players contribute double-digit scoring to claim their USA South opening challenge against Averett University by the score of 96-76 in MC's Cooper Athletic Center on Friday evening.
The Scots hit a dozen three-pointers that opened up additional strong play in the paint. Post players Jaumonee Byrd and Joey Bodewig combined for 30 points and 13 rebounds while guards Oscar Butler, Spencer Shoffner, and J.P. Burris each deposited a trio of treys from the perimeter. Butler missed out on a triple-double with a game-high 20 points, nine rebounds, and a game-high eight assists for a complete game effort. Byrd was 6-for-12 from the field for 19 points while grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. Senior point guard J.P. Burris was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc for 13 points. Craig Raye and Bodewig each added 11 points while Christian Ford and Shoffner finished with 10 points. Raye was diligent on the boards with eight rebounds.
Maryville shot 47% for the game while holding the Cougars to a 35% shooting effort, 28% in the final period. The Scots posted 22 assists and out rebounded AU 45-43. Maryville's 43-42 halftime was expanded with a 53 point second half scoring surge that featured a 5-for-10 effort from beyond the arc.
Averett falls to 2-7 while the Scots advance to 5-6 on the season. MC will host Ferrum College at 4:00 on Saturday in the Boydson Baird Gymnasium on the campus of Maryville College.