After bucketing only 29 points in the opening stanza, Maryville College put together their most impressive closing half of the season during the second, as they took the win over Berea College, 84-67.
Trailing by as many as 13 at the opening of the second stanza, the Scots outscored the Mountaineers, 55-27 in the final 20 minutes of action for the victory. MC would extend a lead to as far as 19 just before the end of the contest, before the impressive 17-point comeback victory.
"I thought the thing that I really enjoyed was that, even though our offense looked bad in the first half, our defense got our offense going in the second half," Head Coach Randy Lambert said. "It wasn't so much just a stagnant offense, but it was a combined stagnant offense and stagnant defense. That spells trouble. I just thought our guys played with much more energy in the second half."
Maryville posted the impressive second half behind a 67.9 percent clip, as the Scots knocked down 19-of-28 shots. MC knocked down six treys in the final 20 minutes, shooting at a 42.9 percent average from behind the arc.
Seven different Scots scored points in the second half, as Calvin Songster tallied 14 of his game-high 23. Dante Hoppa scored 18 in the half, while Jay Bowyer (nine) and Colt Nokes (eight) both neared double-digit scoring in the second half.
Maryville held Berea to just a 28.6 percent shooting effort in the second half from the floor, while the Scots would only allow eight field goals that half.
The Orange and Garnet tallied its 15th win of the season behind Songsters 23 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. The sophomore wing shot 5-of-9 from behind the 3-point line on the night.
Bowyer had 18 points to go with a game-high eight assists and five rebounds, while the junior shot 50 percent (3-of-6) from beyond the arc. Hoppa had a double-double on the night, bucketing 12 points and 10 rebounds – 10 points and eight boards coming in the second half.
Senior Tyler Spicer had seven points to go along with a career high 15 rebounds, as he added three steals, an assist and a block to his stats. Nokes had eight points, while Joshua Brooks added six. Chris Watson had four points and two blocks, while Emanuelle Garcia and Emier Bowman each had three points.
Maryville shot 29-of-60 (48.3 percent) for the night, while connecting on 11 treys at a 35.5 percent clip. They outrebounded the Mountaineers, 46-42, while holding an 18-6 assist margin. They also had six blocks on the evening.
Berea (12-7) was led by Corey Wise's double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Wise had an assist, a steal and a block on the night. Anthony Myrks added 17 points, eight boards and four steals, while Richard Parker and Stephen Butts each had 11 points for the Mountaineers.
Berea shot just 36.4 percent (24-of-66) from the floor, while tallying five treys on the night.
The 15-4 Scots will look next to USA South Athletic Conference rivals LaGrange College, as they go on a two-day road swing. Maryville will face the Panthers on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m., before traveling to Huntingdon College on Sunday, Feb. 5 for a 2 p.m. tip off.