Scots earn 69-61 win in Lambert's 1,000th career game

Scots earn 69-61 win in Lambert's 1,000th career game

Maryville College's Randy Lambert coached his 1,000th career game on Saturday afternoon, as the Scots used a come-from-behind effort for a 69-61 victory over USA South foe N.C. Wesleyan.

Lambert – in his 38th season – finished his first 1,000 games with a 687-313 record, as he also searches for his 700th win this year.

After trailing 35-31 at the half to the Battling Bishops, Maryville outscored N.C. Wesleyan 38-26 in the second half to earn their sixth-consecutive victory.

Maryville chipped away at the lead in the second half, as a Calvin Songster trey and an Emier Bowman lay-in tied the game at 42.

Adarian Moore would lead the Battling Bishops on a 7-0 run, however a host of Scots would send Maryville on an 11-0 run of its own to gain the first lead of the second half at 53-49.

Another 7-0 run by the Bishops' Moore would give the lead back, 56-53.

Maryville would end the game on a 13-5 run that would seal the USA South win, 69-61.

The Scots (8-3, 5-0 USA South) were led by Songster's 15 points, while Bowman added 14 points, four rebounds, three blocks, two steals and an assist. Daquan Summers had 14 points off the bench for Maryville to go with five rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block.

Caleb Estes had nine points, four rebounds and four assists, while Dante Hoppa and Colt Nokes had five points each. Tanner Spalding had four points, JR Sanders, two and Emanuelle Garcia one.

Maryville shot 25-of-69 (36.2 percent) from the field, while hitting six treys at a 25 percent clip. The Scots were 13-of-20 from the charity stripe for a 65 percent effort.

N.C. Wesleyan (4-7, 2-3) shot 38.3 percent (23-of-60), while adding five treys.

Moore had a game-high 20 points, while Robert Wilson added 14. A.J. Frye had nine points and nine board for the Battling Bishops in the loss.

Maryville will look next to face Ferrum College tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 9. Tipoff in Ferrum, Va. is set for 3 p.m.