Bowman drops 22 to help Scots defeat Piedmont 78-66

Bowman drops 22 to help Scots defeat Piedmont 78-66

The Maryville College men's basketball team used a 22-point effort by Emier Bowman and a dozen rebounds by Nick Clifton to defeat USA South rival Piedmont College 78-66 in Demorest, Georgia on Tuesday evening.


Maryville took a 36-32 lead to the half. The Scots used a 5-for-11 effort (45%) from beyond the arc while hitting only 12-of-31 total shots from the floor before the intermission. Emier Bowman paced the Scots with 10 first-half points on 3-of-8 shooting while going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Calvin Songster dropped a pair of three-pointers while Dante Hoppa and Jordan Griswould each added six points.


MC jumped out to a 10-point lead to begin the final period, but the Lions fought back in the first five minutes to pull within four points (46-42). A trio of consecutive baskets by MC's JP McGee kept the Scots ahead 54-48 to begin the final ten minutes of action.


A 63-63 tie was broken by Calvin Songster's basket and a three-pointer for his 12th point of the game. Emier Bowman promptly dropped his 20th point on a Nick Clifton assist just before the final media timeout with 2:36 left to play. Maryville led 70-63 during the final minutes.


Key baskets by Emanuelle Garcia and Nick Clifton, as well as key free throws by Calvin Songster and Emier Bowman, allowed MC to cruise to the 78-66 USA South road victory.


MC used a strong 59% shooting effort (17-for-29) in the second half to preserve the win as Piedmont closed with a 6-for-13 effort from long distance to keep the challenge close.


Piedmont (2-14, 2-8 USA South) was paced by Taylor Mills' 16 points while Tariq Abdulgader added 13 points.


Maryville (9-6, 5-3 USA South) was led by Bowman's 22-point outing on 8-of-17 shooting. Calvin Songster went 3-for-4 from beyond the arc finishing with 14 points while Dante Hoppa dropped 10-points on 3-of-6 shooting. Nick Clifton went 3-for-8 from the floor for six points while hauling down a career-high and game-high 12 rebounds.


The Scots will prepare to travel to Danville, Virginia on Friday to challenge USA South foe Averett University. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.