The Maryville College men's basketball team exploded for a 64% shooting effort in the second half scoring 54 points in a 93-78 victory over USA South leading North Carolina Wesleyan College in Maryville, Tennessee on Friday evening.
The Battling Bishops took a 42-39 advantage into the half after NC Wesleyan outrebounded the Scots 24-14. Wesleyan's A.J. Frye paced all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Maryville kept pace with a 42% shooting effort led by Calvin Songster's 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting that included a pair of treys along with Dante Hoppa's 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
In the second half, Wesleyan's Frye tallied 11 points while MC's strong zone defense forced eight turnovers and a 38% shooting effort. The Bishops hit only 4-of-15 long-distance shots finishing with a 26% success rate.
Maryville pulled away with an amazing 16-for-23 effort from the floor paced by Joshua Brooks' 11 points off the bench. Off the bench, JR Sanders hit a key three-pointer to give Mc their final lead while Trevor Gaines-Perry tallied five points in the paint. Songster finished strong with 10 points on 2-of-3 shooting from long distance. Nick Clifton dominated on the boards with eight rebounds.
North Carolina Wesleyan (15-3, 8-2 UA South) finished hitting 41% of their shots with AJ Frye posting a game-high 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting. Ricardo Bullock and Justin Tankelewicz each added a dozen while Chris Braswell tossed in 11 points.
Maryville (12-6, 8-3 USA South) had five players finish in double-digit scoring while Nick Clifton ruled the boards with a game-high 12 rebounds. Songster finished with a team-high 26 points on 8-of-9 shooting that included a 4-for-5 effort from beyond the arc. Joshua Brooks finished with 15 points going 5-for-9 while Dante Hoppa went 5-for-9 for 13 points. Nick Clifton complete his double-double performance with 12 points while Emier Bowman also tossed in 12 points. Maryville finished the game 24-for-29 (82%) from the charity stripe.
"What a great game," stated Maryville College Head Men's Basketball Coach Randy Lambert. "They battled and shot the ball so well in closing out the win. Calvin (Songster) was on fire and Nick (Clifton) had his fourth consecutive double-digit rebounding game. Josh Brook gave us a big lift off the bench in the second half. I am proud of our team effort tonight."
The Scots will prepare to host Brevard College for another tough USA South challenge on Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m.