The Maryville College men's basketball team used a strong second-half surge that included a 14-1 run to begin the final period to defeat USA South divisional rival Covenant College 95-59 on Wednesday evening in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
Covenant battled to a 38-37 halftime advantage behind a 48% (16-for-33) shooting effort that included a 6-for-15 success rate from beyond the arc. Covenant's Berto Dryden finished the half with a team-high 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting while Patjo Twagirayezu added nine points. Maryville kept pace with a 41% shooting effort (15-for-37) while forcing 11 turnovers. Kaleb Estes and Colt Nokes each tallied seven points for the Scots before the break.
An Emier Bowman thunderous dunk set the pace to begin the second period for MC. In the first six minutes of the final stanza, a pair of Dante Hoppa concluded a 14-1 run by the host Scots. A pair of three-pointers and a layup by Calvin Songster extended Maryville lead to 20 points at the 11:48 mark. MC held Covenant with only a 20% shooting effort (6-for-30) from the floor in the closing period including a 3-for-16 from long distance. Maryville outrebounded the Georgian Scots 31-14 to close out the league challenge. MC countered with a 57% (23-for-40) effort from the floor in the final half.
Covenant (6-4, 2-1 USA South) was paced by Berto Dryden's 24 points. He also led the Scots with seven boards while dishing out three assists and recording three steals.
Maryville (7-3, 4-0 USA South) used Colt Nokes' team-high 18 points and game-high nine rebounds to record their fifth consecutive victory. Calvin Songster dropped 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting including a trio of treys. Emier Bowman was 6-for-9 from the field for 13 points while Kaleb Estes and Tanner Spalding each tossed in nine points. Estes and Spalding combined for 11 boards.
Maryville will travel to USA South rivals North Carolina Wesleyan College and Ferrum College this upcoming weekend. Maryville College Head Coach Randy Lambert, in his 38th season directing the Scots, will coach his 1,000 career men's basketball game in the orange and garnet this Saturday in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. MC will return home Saturday, January 13th to host Methodist University at 2:00 p.m.