Missed free throws proved costly for Maryville College's comeback rally on Saturday afternoon, as the Scots fell to Oglethorpe University, 83-81, on a last-second trey in overtime.
MC shot 10-of-20 from the free-throw line in the second half and overtime, as the Stormy Petrels' Lane Foster banked a trey with a second left for the final margin.
The Scots saw four players tally double figures in the non-conference bout, while Nicholas Clifton added a double-double effort.
Maryville trailed by as many as 12 in the second half, before jumping on a late rally. The Scots went on a 9-0 run that was spurred by four points from senior Joshua Brooks. Oglethorpe continued to end those MC runs, regaining control with a five- to six-point advantage throughout the second half.
Trailing by seven with 8:40 left in the half, the Orange and Garnet rallied with another 6-0 run to cut it to a single point, 60-59 with 7:01 left. Maryville's defense kept the game close, as the Scots tied it, 69-all, with 1:56 remaining with Kevin Chong going 1-of-2 at the charity stripe.
Clifton added his second of a pair of free-throw tosses with 1:37, giving the Scots their first lead.
Justin Day added a jumper in the paint to put Oglethorpe back in control with 1:16 left, before Clifton's free throw made it 71-71 at the end of regulation.
Maryville went just 7-of-16 from the charity stripe in the final 8:09 of regulation.
In the overtime period, MC held the lead the entire way through, as Clifton notched at trey early from Barron Nease. A Carlos Sone trey with 10 second left gave Oglethorpe an 80-79 advantage, before Felix Uadiale answered on the other in with a driving lay-in from Nease. Foster would bank the winning show, however, from the top of the key as time expired, 83-81.
Maryville College (0-4) was paced by Clifton's double-double of 16 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two assists. Chong added a team-high of 17 points, while shooting 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. He added eight rebounds, four steals and a block.
Uadiale added 13 points, nine boards, two steals and two assists, as seven of his rebounds ranked as offensive boards. Nease had 11 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals. Brooks tallied seven points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Brice Martin and Kordell Kay had seven points each. Kah added six boards off the bench, while Brandon Green had two points for the Scots.
MC shot 27-of-69 (39.1 percent) as they had 10 treys at a 34.5 percent clip. Maryville was 17-of-31 (54.8 percent) from the free throw line.
The Scots outrebounded the Stormy Petrels, 52-38, as Maryville pulled down 24 offensive rebounds on the night. MC turned that into 15 second-chance points.
Oglethorpe (3-2) shot 42.4 percent (28-of-66) from the floor, as they were 8-of-28 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc. The Stormy Petrels went 19-of-24 (79.2 percent) from the free-throw line.
Oglethorpe followed Dimetri Chambers' 27-point night, as he added four steals, an assist and a rebound. Sone had 13 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double, as he added three assists, three steals and a trio of treys. Will Koch had 19 points and six rebounds for Oglethorpe.
Maryville will look to tomorrow, as the Scots continue the Thanksgiving Classic inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium. Johnson University will take on Oglethorpe University at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 1, as Maryville looks to take on No. 2 Emory University with a scheduled 4:00 p.m. tip-off.