The Maryville College men's basketball team battled to a 41-41 tie at the half, but the No.2 Emory University Eagles pulled away in the second half for a 95-82 victory on Sunday evening in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
The Scots shot an amazing 54-percent from the floor in the first period paced by Kevin Chong's 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting off the bench. Nicholas Clifton added eight points on 4-of-5 shooting while the Scots' aggressive defense held Emory to a 31-percent shooting effort before the intermission. Emory's Matt Davet helped the visitors keep pace with 19 first-half points that included a 5-of-10 success rate from beyond the arc.
After the break, shooting fortunes were reversed. While Maryville kept pace with 44-percent shooting from the floor, Emory exploded and pulled away hitting 18-of-32 shots including an 8-for-15 rate from long distance.
Emory (7-0) was led by Matt Davet's game-high 29 points after the forward dropped seven treys while shooting 50-percent from the floor. Lawrence Rowley finished with a double-double adding 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Matthew Schner and Romin Williams tossed in 17 and 15 points respectively while Nick Stuck dished out a dozen assists. Emory finished hitting almost 43-percent from the floor while knocking down 44-percent from beyond the arc. They were 19-of-20 at the charity stripe.
Maryville (0-5) was paced by Kevin Chong's 21 points. The sophomore from Coconut Creek, Florida went 8-for-17 from the floor and 5-for-11 from long distance. He also led the Scots on the boards with eight rebounds. Nicholas Clifton, Kordell Kah, and Brice Martin added 12, 11, and 10 points each respectively while Joshua Brooks dished out a team-high 10 assists. Maryville finished the challenge hitting 33-of-67 shots from the floor and 9-of-24 from beyond the arc.
Maryville begins USA South Athletic Conference action next Wednesday. MC will host Covenant College on December 4th with a 7:30 p.m. projected start.