Maryville College couldn't overcome 15 3-pointers by Covenant College on Wednesday night, as the Georgian Scots handed MC its first USA South loss of the season, 80-73.
Covenant tallied eight second-half treys, while shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc for the game.
Maryville still holds first place within the conference, however, as they are tied with Methodist at 10-1. The Scots hold the tiebreaker over the Monarchs, as MC downed Methodist 85-75 earlier this season.
Covenant outscored the Orange and Garnet, 43-28, in the second half. They shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the field, while hitting at a 66.7 percent clip (8-of-12) from 3-point range. Maryville managed just 11-of-32 (34.4 percent) in the second stanza, as they went 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from long-range after leading 45-37 at the break.
Maryville outscored the USA South foe, 31-12, off the bench, while forcing 25 turnovers. However, they were hindered by 45 long-range points and 20 second-chance points by Covenant.
Maryville (14-5, 10-1 USAS) was led by Emier Bowman's double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Emanuelle Garcia and Daquan Summers each tallied 14 points off the bench, as Garcia added three steals.
Kaleb Estes had eight points, three steals, three rebounds and two steals, as Dante Hoppa added eight points and eight boards. Calvin Songster had six points and Colt Nokes four points. Malcolm Walker had a trio of points off the bench.
Covenant (10-8, 5-5) was led by Berto Dryden's 23-point outing, as he added seven rebounds. He went 6-of-8 from beyond the 3-point line, as James Mitchell went 5-of-11 for 15 points.
Caleb Hayens had a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, while leading Covenant on the boards. Jared Jauch and Bailey Spragg each had five assists.
Maryville will look to keep their USA South lead on Friday, Feb. 2. The Scots travel to William Peace University for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.