The Maryville College men's basketball team used a 20-point bench effort and an 18-point performance by Kaleb Estes to defeat USA South foe Berea College 67-62 in Berea, Kentucky on Tuesday evening.
Berea took a 31-30 lead into the half after shooting 38% from the floor (10-of-26). Deandre Lightfoot and Andrew Doty each deposited seven points on a combined 3-of-5 shooting that included a trio of three-pointers. Maryville kept pace with Kaleb Estes and Dante Hoppa each posting seven points on a combined 6-of-14 shooting while Emier Bowman tossed in six points while grabbing four rebounds. Nick Clifton helped MC balance the battle of the boards with five first-half rebounds. The Scots went 12-for-36 (33%) from the floor while hitting 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Maryville outscored the host Mountaineers 25-17 in the first 14 minutes of the final period to take a 55-48 lead. A Kaleb Estes three-pointer gave the Scots a six-point lead going into the final five minutes. A key tip in by Nick Clifton, layups by Trevor Gaines-Perry and Kaleb Estes, and free throws from Joshua Brooks and Calvin Songster helped the Scots close out the hard-fought USA South road victory.
The Scots finished the game hitting almost 39% from the floor (26-for-67) while going 7-of-19 from long distance. MC's defense forced 18 turnovers while scoring 18 points off Berea miscues. Their defensive effort held the Mountaineers to a 36% shooting effort allowing only a 23% success rate from beyond the arc.
Berea (8-9, 3-7 USA South) was led by Torell Carter's 15 points on 7-of-19 shooting. He completed a double-double with a game-high 13 rebounds. Deandre Lightfoot added 12 points while Isaac Caudill tossed in 10 points.
Maryville (11-6, 7-3 USA South) was paced by Estes' 8-for-17 effort from the floor for a game-high 18 points. Dante Hoppa added 10 points while grabbing six rebounds. His 10 points allowed him to eclipse the 1,000 career point mark in his collegiate career in the orange and garnet. Calvin Songster contributed nine points while bringing down five boards. Nick Clifton helped the Scots gain the rebound advantage for the game with a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Scots will put their four-game winning streak to the test on Friday when they host North Carolina Wesleyan. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium.