The Maryville College men's basketball squad used a strong bench effort to earn a thrilling 90-75 USA South victory over Greensboro College on Sunday evening in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
In the first half, Maryville capitalized on 10 offensive rebounds, five by Malcolm Walker off the bench, to deposit 19 second-chance points. The Scots took a slight 38-35 advantage to the half after shooting only 41% (14-for-34) from the floor. Greensboro answered with a 48% shooting effort (13-for-27), but Mc held the rebounding edge 23-13.
A Malcolm Walker layup from Calvin Songster gave the Scots a 55-46 lead in the first five minutes of the second half, completing a 16-7 run. A steal and dunk by Emier Bowman seven minutes later gave MC their biggest lead (71-56) with eight minutes remaining.
Maryville finished the league challenge hitting 52% from the floor (33-for-63) while connecting on 37% (6-for-16) from beyond the arc. The Scots' defense held the Pride to 44% shooting (25-for-56) from the floor while forcing 15 turnovers.
Greensboro (4-9, 1-5 USA South) was paced by Joseph Gatling's game-high 35 points. Gatling dropped six three-pointers while finishing 12-for-21 from the floor. Darus Maddox added 17 points while Cornelius Johnson tossed in 11 points. The Pride finished 25-for-56 from the floor while hitting 8-of-20 (40%) from beyond the arc.
Maryville (11-3, 8-0 USA South) was led by Emier Bowman's 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Point guard Daquan Summers added 21 points off the bench going 6-for-9 from the floor and a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. Calvin Songster deposited 4-of-8 three-pointers in route to a 14-point outing. Colt Nokes was strong in the post with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting while pulling down a game-high seven rebounds. His efforts on the boards along with Malcolm Walker (six rebounds) allowed the Scots to outrebound the Pride 38-26. Kaleb Estes was a standout guiding the offensive attack with a game-high six assists.
The Scots will travel to Brevard College on Wednesday, January 17th before returning to the Cooper Athletic Center next Saturday and Sunday to host Averett University and Pfeiffer University.