Rasnick's last-second game winner lifts Maryville over Covenant, 64-62

Rasnick's last-second game winner lifts Maryville over Covenant, 64-62

Maryville College rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit on Saturday afternoon, as the Scots' Myles Rasnick hit a game-winner with one second remaining for a 64-62 victory.

Maryville's Nicholas Clifton bucketed an old-fashioned 3-pointer with 5:18 left giving the Scots their first lead in 30:34. A JR Sanders jumper made the score 12-10 at the 13:52 mark of the first half, MC's last advantage before their late surge.

The teams traded scores, before a Rasnick jumper with 2:10 left gave the Scots a 62-59 lead with just 2:10 left. Covenant's Will Crumly knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:01 left to tie the score at 62, before Rasnick's game-winner clinched the victory.

"We talked at the half that if you are going to compete for a championship, these are the games you must find a way to win," Head Coach Raul Placeres said. "We did it with better ball movement, toughness on the defensive end, and once again, controlling the boards."

Maryville (7-1, 7-1 USA South) shot 12-of-30 (40 percent), as a 2-for-11 performance from beyond the arc hindered the Scots.

Covenant College's Crumly and Promise Igbanu scored a dozen first-half points each, as the squad rolled up a 14-of-27 (51.9 percent) effort in the first 20 minutes.

In the second half, however, Maryville outrebounded Covenant 20-12, with seven of those going as offensive boards.

The Scots tallied 11 second-chance points in the game, as MC's bench outscored the Georgian Scots, 16-2.

"Big shot by Myles Rasnick, but unbelievable minutes by freshman sharp-shooter Jekobe Coleman," Placeres said. "It was a solid performance again from Felix and Nick. JR was masterful in leading the guys during the game and in the huddle. He made some big shots for us, as well. Great team win! We really love this team!"

Clifton led the way with 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Coleman added 14 points off the bench with a 4-for-6 effort from long range. Sanders added 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Rasnick posted 11 points with the game-winner.

Felix Uadiale had eight points and 10 rebounds, as Kevin Chong added four points, eight rebounds and two assists. Kordell Kah added two points for the Scots.

Covenant (7-8, 3-5) saw Crumly finish with 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Igbanu had 15 points to Chris Barnette's 14 points, while both finished with six boards.

Maryville will return to action on Thursday, Feb. 25. The Scots host LaGrange College, as they will honor Jordan Griswould for senior day. Tip-off is slated for 3:00 p.m.