The Pacers of William Peace University couldn't keep pace in the second-half on Friday night, as an early 20-3 Maryville run gave the Scots a 79-54 USA South victory.
Friday's victory extended Maryville's lead within the hunt for a USA South Regular Season title, as they broke their tie with Methodist. The Monarchs fell to Covenant College, 92-88, giving the MC a two-game lead over the Eastern Division foe and a three-game lead in the Western Division.
The Scots have four USA South games remaining on the schedule.
On Friday, Maryville would fight off an early 4-0 disadvantage, eventually knotting the game at 10-all with 14:37 to go. The Scots used a host of players, including a Danterrius Bray trey, for a 12-2 run.
In that time, Maryville would hold the Pacers to without a field goal for 7:58.
They would go to the locker room leading 32-22, behind the shooting of Emier Bowman. The junior forward had 12 points, more than double of any other player. He shot 6-of-10 from the floor, while recording a trio of rebounds.
The Scots added 11 points off 11 offensive boards in the first half, while leading the Pacers 29-20 on rebounds.
MC shot 34.2 percent (13-of-38) from the field, while holding William Peace to just a 24.1 percent (7-of-29) effort.
Maryville would open the second with a 10-0 run over the first 3 minutes, despite four offensive boards by the Pacers. The Scots would extend their lead to 42-22 with the rally, forcing a William Peace timeout.
They would only extend that run, however, to 20-3 over the first 5:43. It would give MC their largest lead of the game, 52-25.
Maryville would ride that lead for the remainder of the game for the 79-54 victory.
The Scots (15-5, 11-1 USA South) were led by Bowman's 18 points. He added five rebounds, a pair of steals, an assist and a block. Dante Hoppa added 12 points – eight of those coming in the second half – while shooting a perfect 3-for-3 and 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. He also had eight rebounds and a pair of assists and blocks.
Calvin Songster tallied 10 points off the bench, while MC led William Peace, 32-17 in bench scoring. Bray added nine points off the bench with a 3-for-4 night at the 3-point line, as Malcolm Walker had seven points and a team-leading nine boards – six of those offensive. Colt Nokes added six points off the bench, while Emanuelle Garcia and Kaleb Estes each had five points. Chris Watson and Garrett Anderson had three apiece, while Daquan Summers added one.
The Scots lead on the boards, 50-35, while they turned 16 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points. They shot 32-of-70 (45.7 percent) while connecting on 11 treys at a 40.7 percent clip.
William Peace (4-15, 2-8) shot just 26.7 percent (16-of-60) for the game, while adding six 3-pointers. Samuel Arnold and Trey Bryant added 11 points each, while Bryant led the Pacers with seven rebounds.
Maryville will step out of USA South play on Wednesday night, Feb. 7, as the Scots host Brevard College on Randy Lambert Court. Tipoff for that game is slated for 7:30 p.m.