Scots open Great South tourney Friday

The Maryville College men’s basketball team will enter the Great South Athletic Conference on Friday as the No. 1 seed. The Scots (22-2), seeking their sixth Great South tournament title, meet in Huntingdon at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga., at 7:30 p.m.

Maryville, currently riding a school-record 15-game winning streak, begins postseason with senior Alex Bowers, sophomore Christopher Orr and freshman Eryk Watson each earning all-conference honors.

Bowers, a senior from Clarksville, paced Maryville with 15.8 points a game this season while leading the Scots in points scored, steals, assists and free-throw percentage. Orr, who redshirted last season due to injury, exploded in the post averaging 11 points a game while pacing the Scots with 5.0 rebounds. The 6-foot-7 Brentwood native finished second in the Great South in field goal percentage, shooting 61 percent from the floor. Orr led the conference with 27 blocks.

Watson, a freshman from Powder Springs, Ga., earned Great South Freshman of the Year honors, the first Maryville player to earn all-conference selection in his inaugural season. The 6-1 point guard averaged 12.2 points a game as a rookie. Maryville coach Randy Lambert led the Scots to their seventh consecutive Great South regular season title this season. For his efforts, he was named the Great South Coach of the Year. Maryville was a prefect 6-0 in league play.

The Scots are currently ranked 20th in the D3hoops.com national poll. Maryville has nine consecutive NCAA Division III national tournament appearances.

Lady Scots open with win

The Maryville women’s team opened conference tournament play with a 65-49, quarterfinal victory over Spelman College on Tuesday evening at Boydson Baird Gymnasium. Maryville (14-11), which faces Agnes Scott on Friday, had three players post double figures. All-Great South post player Katie Saxe threw in 14 points and snagged six rebounds. Rachel Draper finished with 12 points while All-Great South selection Natalie Munday had 10 points and seven boards. Fellow all-conference honoree Alison Harmon led all rebounders with nine.

Agnes Scott defeated Georgia Wesleyan College, 74-14, in first round action in Atlanta on Tuesday. Maryville will challenge the Scotties at Piedmont on Friday at 1 p.m. Maryville and Agnes Scott split the season series.

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