Maryville College's second-half comeback fell just short on Saturday afternoon, as the Emory & Henry College Wasps held on for a 91-90 victory in Emory, Va.
MC outscored the Wasps, 58-48, in the second half, as the Wasps made a late free throw for the difference. Brice Martin drained a trey with one second left for the final margin.
"Obviously, the guys showed a little bit of resilience there in those last eight minutes to come back from such a big hole," Head Coach Raul Placeres said. "We're just digging ourselves too big of a hole early, and it just takes too much out of you to get back in a game. These 40 minutes were a lot better than Sunday's 40, and a lot better than Saturday's 40. I just think the game honors toughness, and we're not mentally or physically there yet."
MC trailed 43-32 following the first half, as the Scots went 11-of-31 from the field. The Wasps would extend that to as many as 17 points at the 16:13 mark of the second half, before the Scots began their run.
Maryville was keyed of 23 points on 17 Emory & Henry turnovers.
"We're moving in the right direction," Placeres said. "I'm not a big believer in being patient from the standpoint, like I think all these mistakes that we're making are correctible now. You don't have to go through a whole season because we are a young team. These are correctible issues that we can correct and we can get better at. We're just not mentally there yet as a ball club. It's really nice to see five guys in double figures. Felix's development there and J.R. and Chong playing the way they're capable of, but we'll continue to get more from other guys."
Felix Uadiale spurred the second-half run, tallying 18 of his career high 23 points in the second half. The freshman led a group of five Scots in double figures for the game, as Nicholas Clifton added a double-double performance.
Maryville ended the contest shooting 33-of-69 (47.8 percent) from the floor as a squad. They shot 33 percent (7-of-21) from beyond the arc, while going 17-of-27 at the charity stripe.
The Scots outrebounded the Wasps, 42-34, in the non-conference bout.
Uadiale posted 23 points with a 10-of-15 performance. He added seven boards and two steals for a complete game. J.R. Sanders added 18 points, five rebounds and an assist, while Kevin Chong posted 17 points and eight boards off the bench.
Clifton had a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Joshua Brooks added 10 points. Martin had five points, while Brandon Green added three. Kordell Kah had a pair of points off the bench.
The Wasps shot 33-of-65 (50.8 percent) from the floor, while knocking down 10 treys at a 38.5 percent clip.
Robert Holliday Jr. had 28 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Colin Molden added 26 points, seven steals, four assists and two rebounds. Micah Banks had 16 points, five boards and four assists for the Wasps.
Maryville College will have the Thanksgiving holiday off, before they host the Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday, Nov. 30. MC will face Oglethorpe University at 4:00 p.m.