Maryville College used a late first half rally on Saturday afternoon, riding out that run for a 90-77 victory to open USA South play against Piedmont College.
The Scots toppled the Lions in the USA South opener on Randy Lambert Court, as five different players finished with double figures. Calvin Songster had 21 points and five assists in leading Maryville (4-3, 1-0 USA South) to the win.
Piedmont would ride a 10-2 march from that point, led by Jordan Foote, which included an 8-0 run.
A J.R. Sanders' trey and a dunk and tip-in from Emier Bowman would knot the game at 30, before an Elijah Alston 3-pointer would keep Maryville away from the lead again.
Bray would assist a Songster 3-pointer, before tallying a block on the other end. Bray kept the Lions off the board to end the half on an 8-0 march with a 38-33 lead.
The Scots would never lose that lead in the second half, holding Piedmont to just a 39.4 percent effort from the floor. Maryville posted a 57.7 percent mark (15-of-26) in the second half, while going 7-of-8 from beyond the arc in the 13-point victory.
The Scots were led by Songster's 21 points, five assists and two rebounds, as he went 6-of-8 from 3-point range. He was 3-of-4 at the charity stripe for Maryville.
Kaleb Estes added 15 points, two blocks, an assist and a rebound, while Nokes had a near double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Bowman had 11 points and eight boards, four assists, three steals and a pair of blocks for a complete game, as Hoppa added 10 points two assists, two rebounds and a block.
Sanders – a freshman – tallied nine points off the bench with a trio of assists and rebounds. Summers had six points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals, while Malcolm Walker and Bray each added three points.
Maryville shot 54.4 percent (31-of-57) from the floor, while going 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) from 3-point range. The Scots were 16-of-27 at the charity stripe, which was good enough for a 59.3 percent average.
Maryville held Piedmont (1-4, 0-1) to a 26-of-62 (41.9 percent) mark, as they converted just 38.5 percent (10-of-26) from beyond the arc. The Lions were 15-of-21 (71.4 percent) from the free-throw line on the evening.
Piedmont saw Marquise lanier lead the way with 17 points, while Taylor Mills added 12. Alston had a double-double 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Malik Abdulgader added 11 points, as well. Landry Assinesi had eight points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Lions.
Maryville will have a week off, before traveling to Montgomery, Ala. for a USA South contest against Huntingdon College on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. CST. On Sunday, Dec. 17, Maryville will face LaGrange College at 3 p.m. in LaGrange, Ga.