The Maryville College men's basketball squad used a strong second-half surge to defeat Worcester Polytechnic Institute 67-60 in the Tampa Bay Shootout in Tampa Bay, Florida on Saturday evening.
Maryville's Dante Hoppa paced all scorers at the half with a dozen points on 5-of-9 shooting including a 2-for-4 effort from beyond the arc. The Engineers capitalized on a 7-2 run at the 10-minute mark to take a 19-14 advantage. The Scots closed with seven Hoppa points and a Kaleb Estes basket to finish the first half trailing 29-26.
After shooting only 33% in the first half, Maryville had three players (Calvin Songster, Emier Bowman, and Joshua Brooks) post double-digit scoring while shooting 44% from the floor (12-for-27). The Scots earned their first lead at the 10:52 mark. Following a WPI 10-2 run, MC's Calvin Songster dropped a three-pointer capping a 10-2 run by Maryville for a 45-44 advantage. The Scots took the lead for good at the 3:04 mark with key baskets by Songster, Brooks, and Bowman. Brooks and Songster sealed the victory with key free throw conversions late.
WPI (9-1) was paced by Jake Wisniewski's double-double effort of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Reid Walker added 15 points and nine boards while Kahleb Downing tossed in 13 points.
Maryville (5-4) had four players post double digits in scoring. Dante Hoppa finished with 16 points and a team-high six rebounds. Joshua Brooks was 11-for-14 from the free throw line for 15 points while Calvin Songster added 13 points. Emier Bowman recorded 11 points on a trio of dunks while also added three blocked shots and a steal on defense. Kaleb Estes added five points and six rebounds off the bench to help the Scots to a fourth straight victory.
Maryville will face Otterbein University on Sunday to complete the Tampa Bay Shootout challenge. Tip-off for the championship game is slated for 3:00 p.m.