Maryville College home winning streak ended at 21 games on Saturday afternoon, as the Scots fell to the Huntingdon College Hawks, 94-93, in overtime.
Following a 60-minute delay for officials, Maryville jumped to 10-point lead in the first half. Huntingdon would claw back in the second stanza, taking a 79-73 lead with just 2:12 remaining in the contest.
"They shot the ball extremely well, and we gambled way too much," Head Coach Randy Lambert said. "I talked earlier in the week about discipline and how important it is to stay with your man, don't gamble. It's inner discipline. It's not necessarily team discipline. We just gave them way too many good looks."
The Scots' full-court press and free-throw shooting would send the game to overtime, 81-81, but that same free-throw shooting would prove costly in the overtime period.
In the final 1:34 of regulation through the first 4:40 of the five-minute overtime, Maryville shot an astonishing 14-of-14 at the charity stripe. However, in the final 20 seconds, the Scots could muster just a 1-for-4 effort, leaving the door open for the Hawks.
Huntingdon would get the ball back with 5 ticks remaining, before Cam Boyd would find Kyante Pines for a long, sideways trey from the top-right corner. That shot sank, as the Hawks upset Maryville, 94-93.
"The last play was a total break down," Lambert said. "It shouldn't have gotten down to the last play. There was a rotation gamble, and we left the shooter wide open. That's definitely not what the intentions are. We've had a great year, and I don't want this game to take away from that. This is our first loss in two years here – 21-game win streak at home. Huntingdon played hard."
The Scots have claimed the 2017-18 USA South Regular Season title, but they need a win tomorrow, Feb. 18 against LaGrange College, in order to hold the claim outright.
Tipoff for that key contest is slated for 3 p.m. inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
"The thing is, we have to get over it," Lambert said. "We have to play tomorrow. We have to go on and get ready to play in the next one. Hopefully, our guys will come in with a better frame of mind, and we'll be able to play better basketball tomorrow."
Maryville (18-6, 13-2 USA South) took Saturday's loss despite five Scots finishing in double figures. MC's Calvin Songster and Kaleb Estes each tallied 20 points in the game. Both players hit a trio of treys, while Songster added an 11-of-12 effort at the charity stripe. He had three assists and a pair of steals.
Estes added four boards, three assists and two steals, as the guard went 7-of-8 at the free-throw line. Emier Bowman had a double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, five steals and a block, while Colt Nokes added 16 points, nine boards, two assists, two steals and a block. Dante Hoppa had 11 points, five boards, three assists and three steals for a complete game.
Maryville shot 41.8 percent (28-of-67) from the floor, while knocking down nine treys at a 36.0 percent clip. They went 28-of-38 at the free-throw line.
Huntingdon (10-14, 4-11) outrebounded Maryville 44-39, as they shot a blistering 52.1 percent (37-of-71). They tallied nine treys – including the game-winner – at a 50-percent rate, while going 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from the free-throw line.
Brandon McClean had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Pines added 21 points and the game-winning shot. Isaiah King had 14 points and eight boards, while Scotty Chadwick added 10 points off the bench.