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.
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.