Maryville College's Emier Bowman was named the USA South Player of the Week this week, as the senior forward led the Scots to a 2-0 record.
Bowman averaged nearly a double-double in the pair of conference victories, as he tallied 26.5 points and 8.0 rebounds across the two contests.
"We just hope that he continues to play at a high clip here down the stretch," Associate Head Coach Raul Placeres said. "He knows how important he is, not only to the offensive side of the ball, but the defensive side of the ball, as well. We're extremely proud of him and how he's really been focused for two weeks, now. He's been playing really good basketball the last two weeks."
The Dalton, Ga. native added 4.0 steals, 3.5 blocks and 2.5 assists per game in the wins over William Peace University and Pfeiffer University. Bowman aided the Scots in tallying their eight-straight victory.
In Maryville's 93-57 win over the Pacers, Bowman amassed a career high 35 points. He added a career high 13 made baskets, as the senior didn't attempt a single 3-pointer.
Bowman went 13-of-18 from the floor for a 72.2 percent effort, as he added a 9-of-10 mark at the free-throw line. The Dalton High product posted seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist to his complete stat line on the day. He missed his previous career high – 24 points against Greensboro on Jan. 14, 2018 – by only a point in the first half.
"Obviously, it was huge," Placeres said. "He would tell you it was even bigger because we needed that win. He scored 23 points in the first half, which is remarkable in itself. The team really needed him Saturday, and he really delivered. I was really proud of him, because he did it mainly around the basket. That is something we've needed from him for a long time."
Finally, the Scots downed the Falcons of Pfeiffer, 85-60, behind a key defensive effort. Pfeiffer averaged 101.8 points per game coming into Sunday's bout, as Bowman aided MC in holding the Falcons more than 40 points below their season average.
Bowman matched his career high of five blocks in the game, as the forward has had a trio of five-block contests. He's had a dozen games of four blocks or more in his MC career.
"He has an uncanny ability for someone his size," Placeres said. "He's really 6-3, at most. He can come from the weak side. Not only did he block five shots, but he altered five or six more which doesn't go in a box score. He's just a remarkable athlete – probably one the better athletes that has ever come through here and played in our program. Like I said, continuing to bring both sides of the ball, which he is bringing, this team really needs it."
To add to his career high blocking effort, Bowman tallied 18 points, nine rebounds, six steals and four assists. He went 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the floor – again without attempting a trey.
On the week, Bowman shot 70.9 percent (22-of-31) from the floor.
This season, the 6-foot-3 inside presence has amassed 240 points, while shooting 46.4 percent from the floor. He leads the squad 53 blocks – the next closest Scot with 15 – and 48 steals. Bowman has 133 rebounds this season, as he eclipsed both the 150 blocks and 500 rebound plateaus.
In his four-year career, Bowman has 870 total points to go along with 525 rebounds. He's had 203 steals, 162 blocks and 129 assists in 102 collegiate games.