Scots' second-half rally not enough against Centre, 83-70

Scots' second-half rally not enough against Centre, 83-70

A late first-half run by Centre College, coupled with nine treys would hand the Maryville College Scots a season-opening loss on Wednesday night in Danville, Ky., 83-70.

Maryville shot 45.3 percent (29-of-64) from the floor, as Centre was 28-of-56 for a 50-percent clip. The Colonels' tallied nine treys while holding off a second-half Scots' rally for the non-conference victory.

Calvin Songster came out of the gate strong with a jumper just 14 seconds into the game off a Kaleb Estes assist, giving Maryville a 2-0 lead – their largest of the ball game. However, Centre College would ride a pair of treys from Jarod Griffin for a 12-2 rally and a 12-4 lead with 16:18 showing on the clock.

Four different Scots would put together a rally, though, going on a 9-0 run that ended with an Emanuelle Garcia 3-pointer from the left side giving Maryville a 13-12 advantage at the 12:46 mark.

The squads would trade points to a 28-all tie with 7:39 left in the first quarter before the Colonels would find a 12-6 rally for a 40-34 lead at the fourth media break of the contest just under the 4-minute mark. An Art Walker trey would make it 43-36, before a Colt Nokes' old-fashioned 3-pointer cut the lead to four, 43-39.

The Colonels would find key opportunities late in the half with drives on the baseline and a long jumper, as the Scots trailed 52-43 at the break.

Maryville shot 54.8 percent in the first half (17-of-31), while Centre College went 19-for-31 for a 61.3 percent average. The Colonels had seven treys behind a 70-percent clip to MC's four, as the Scots tallied only four assists to Centre's 10.

The game saw nine lead changes and a trio of ties in the first half, as Centre's Jakob Spitzer and Perry Ayers each had 12 points. Spitzer was 6-of-7 from the floor.

Nokes led Maryville with 11 points and a 5-for-5 effort at the charity stripe, as Songster and Dante Hoppa had seven and six respectively.

Maryville couldn't regain the lead, however, in the second half. The Scots clawed to a two-point deficit, 57-55 on a Tanner Spalding jumper before a pair of free throws from Perry Ayers would again extend it to four at the 12-minute mark.

A Songster layup with 9:11 showing would again cut it to two, before his 3-pointer with 7:34 would make it a one-point ball game, 63-62. Tucker Sine would match him just 15 seconds later, sending the Colonels on a 6-0 run. They would extend the lead to 11 with 2:56 left, before taking the win, 83-70.

Maryville (0-1) was led by Nokes' 17 points and nine rebounds, while Songster added 14 points and four boards. Hoppa had 10 points and five rebounds, while Kaleb Estes' two assists led the Scots' seven on the night.

Centre College (1-0) saw Ayers and Sine each finish with 16 points, while Walker had 12. Griffin and Spitzer tallied 10 points each, as Ayers led the way with six boards. Bailey Rakes had four of Centre's 13 assists.

Maryville will travel to Emory & Henry College on Saturday, Nov. 18 for the Scots' second matchup of the 2017 season. Tipoff against the Wasps is set for 3 p.m.