The Maryville College men's basketball team dropped their second consecutive USA South road challenge this weekend with an 86-75 loss at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia on Sunday evening.
LaGrange deposited a three-pointer at the end of the first half to claim a slight 33-31 advantage at the intermission. The Panthers shot 48% from the floor while the Scots tried to keep pace with a 30% (12-for-40) shooting effort. Emanuelle Garcia paced the Scots at the half with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting with a pair of treys.
The Panthers closed the game with a 68% shooting effort in the second half (15-for-22) while also sinking 21-of-25 free throws (84%) in a half that featured 31 total fouls. MC could not close the gap after losing the battle of the boards and maintaining only a 38% success rate (12-for-31) from the floor.
Maryville tallied 22 points off 21 Panther turnovers, but the hosts outrebounded the Scots 43-29 on the evening. LaGrange also had a 31-point bench effort while dropping 36 points in the paint to preserve the league victory.
LaGrange (9-4, 5-1 USA South) was paced by Jamison McCray's 22 points off the bench. He went 8-for-11 from the floor and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Jalen McCallum added 14 points while Gary Bishop tossed in 13 that included an 11-for-12 effort from the charity stripe. Travis Thompson and Julian Cameron each finished with 10 points.
Maryville (7-6, 3-3 USA South) was led by Emanuelle Garcia's 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Calvin Songster dropped 13 points while Emier Bowman sank 11 points. Dante Hoppa had nine points while bringing down a team-high eight rebounds.
The Scots will take a week off before hosting USA South foe Berea College on Saturday, January 12th. Tip-off in the Boydson Baird Gymnasium is set for 2:00 p.m.