Scots' 18-1 run, team effort lifts Maryville over Averett, 68-51

Scots' 18-1 run, team effort lifts Maryville over Averett, 68-51

Maryville College used an 18-1 run in the second half on Friday night, as the Scots defeated USA South Athletic Conference foe Averett University, 68-51.

After falling behind, 39-38, the Scots were spurred on a nearly eight minute run. Maryville held the Cougars to just a free-throw from Timothy Henry over that span to take full advantage of the game.

It was a total team effort on the run, as seven different players scored. Dante Hoppa and J.R. Sanders each scored four points in the rally, while five others scored two points.

Maryville's stingy defense held the Cougars to an 0-of-13 effort over that eight-minute span. Averett could manage just eight field goals for the second half, as the Scots outscored them 39-19.

The Orange and Garnet's key second half was lifted by a 57.7 percent effort in the second half, as they went 15-of-26.

MC trailed 32-29 after the first half, as they only managed a 27-percent effort from the floor. Four 3-pointers aided the Scots in keeping the game within reach, as they managed 11 offensive rebounds.

Maryville (10-6, 6-3 USA South) was led by Calvin Songster's 20 points. The senior went 6-of-8 from the floor, while bucketing a trio of treys. He added three rebounds, two assists and a block on the night.

Kaleb Estes had 16 points – 10 of those coming in the first half as he led all scorers. He added four rebounds, two assists and two steals, as Dante Hoppa added 14 points on the night. Hoppa had eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in Maryville's win.

Emier Bowman added four points and four rebounds, while J.R. Sanders had four points and three rebounds. Nick Clifton, Trevor Gaines-Perry, Emanuelle Garcia, Danterius Bray and Jordan Griswould each had two points on the night. Clifton led the team with 11 rebounds, while Gaines-Perry added seven with two blocks.

Maryville shot 25-of-63 (39.7 percent) from the floor, as they bucketed five treys at a 29.4 percent rate. They went 13-of-17 from the free-throw line while outrebounding Averett, 47-39.

Averett (3-13, 3-5) went 18-of-62 (29.0 percent) on the day, as Maryville held them to a 1-of-11 effort from beyond the arc.

Henry led the way for the Cougars with 13 points and five rebounds, while Raymond Bullock III added 10 points and seven boards.

Maryville will return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 22, as they travel to Berea College. The Scots will tipoff against the Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m.