The Maryville College Scots comeback efforts fell just short on Tuesday night, as the Berea College Mountaineers tallied 11 treys for an 87-74 USA South victory.
The Mountaineers came out firing in the opening quarter, knocking down 4-of-6 3-pointers for a 24-20 lead.
However, to open the second quarter, Berea College didn't miss through the first 5 minutes. A 6-for-6 effort that included four treys sent the Mountaineers to a 40-29 lead.
The Scots would look to rebound, trailing 48-39 at the break.
Berea shot 9-of-11 from beyond the arc in the first half (81.8 percent), while Maryville went 3-of-11 (27 percent).
After trailing by as many as 20, Maryville would cut the score to below 10 in the final stanza, outscoring Berea 21-18, before the Mountaineers would take the victory, 87-74.
Free throws played a key role in the game, as Maryville was called for 22 fouls to just 13 for the Mountaineers. The Scots went 9-of-12 (75 percent), while Berea doubled that with an 18-of-24 effort.
Maryvile (15-9, 10-3 USA South) was led by Madison Maples' 21 points. She added five steals. Lauren Biliter had 13 points – seven of those in the first quarter – while tallying eight rebounds. Haley Talbott had 10 points, as Amber Hudgens added eight points and six boards off the bench.
Rachel Hawn had six points and eight rebounds, and Klaire Varney added five points and a trio of steals. Libby Gardner had four points and four assists, while Elsa Eckenrod added four points. Kelley Wandell had three points, two rebounds and two assists off the bench.
The Scots shot 31-of-72 (43.1 percent) while connecting on just a trio of their 20 attempts beyond the arc (15 percent).
Berea (19-3, 10-2) shot 50.9 percent (29-of-57) from the field, while going 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from 3-point range. The Mountaineers outrebounded the Scots, 39-34.
Bri Lanham had 19 points, eight rebound and three assists, while Nakeisha Greene had a huge double-double. She had 15 points and 17 rebounds, while Adriana Williams had 17 points and six assists. Kelsey Tippitt added 14 points off the bench for the Mountaineers.
Maryville will look next to face Agnes Scott College on Friday, Feb. 9. The away game – set to tip at 6 p.m. – is MC's last regular-season contest before the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament.