A second-half surge to overcome a 22-point halftime deficit was almost enough, but the Maryville College Scots fell to Berea College 63-56 on Sunday afternoon on MC's Randy Lambert Court.
The Mountaineers used 17 offensive rebounds while tossing in 17 second-chance points off those boards to pull away in the first half. A 10-point first quarter advantage earned by Berea was extended by an additional 12-points when MC shot only 11% (2-for-17) in the second quarter.
Maryville stormed back in the third quarter hitting 53% from the floor (9-for-17) that included an amazing 7-for-10 (70%) effort from beyond the arc.
The Scots pulled to within six points capitalizing on Berea's 1-for-7 shooting from the floor in the final period. The Mountaineers put the hard-fought USA South game away with a 6-for-8 effort from the charity stripe to close the game.
Maryville finished the game 30% from the floor (18-for-59) while going 11-for-21 (53%) from three-point territory. They finished 81% from the free throw line going 9-for-11. Berea countered MC's perimeter attack with 26 points in the paint going 20-for-56 from the floor (36%) and 17-for-21 (81%) at the free throw line. Berea held the rebound advantage 50-30 for the game.
Berea (11-4, 7-1 USA South) saw Bri Lanham post a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Bailee Vanover paced the Mountaineers in scoring with 21 points on 6-of-15 shooting that included a 4-of -6 effort from beyond the arc. Kiley Barnard tossed in 10 points while Nakeisha Greene pulled down 13 rebounds to preserve the victory.
Maryville (7-10, 5-3 USA South) was paced by Klaire Varney's double-double of a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. Varney was 7-of-13 from the floor while dishing out four assists and hauling in a trio of steals. Erin Beasley dropped a trio of treys on her way to an 11-point performance. Brooke McCurdy added a pair of three-pointers for six points while Elsa Eckenrod contributed on the boards with six rebounds.
The Scots will continue their tough USA South road schedule on Wednesday when they travel to Covenant College for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.