Men's Basketball: Maryville tops Panthers in USA South opener

Men's Basketball: Maryville tops Panthers in USA South opener

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - Maryville topped LaGrange 97-84 in the USA South opener for both teams Saturday.

"We came out flat. We did not follow the game plan and we did not shoot it well," said Coach Kendal Wallace. "Hats off to Maryville for playing a great game. It's a long season and we need to understand each game is vital to our positioning in the conference. And each possession in the game has an impact on our success or failure."

Drew Vanderbrook led five Panthers in double figures with 14 points. Elijah Adedoyin followed with 13 points, while Justyn Olson and Travis Thompson each had 12, and Alex Bonner had 10.

Maryville shot an even 50 percent in the game, and made 14 3-pointers. The Scots put six players in double figures, led by Calvin Songster and Tylyer Spicer with 15 points each.

The Panthers only led twice in the early going. Adedoyin's 3-pointer put them up for the last time, 5-3. The Scots built a 50-30 lead by halftime.

LC chipped away at the deficit in the second half. Olson made a steal at the defensive end and Michael McCauley's jumper got the Panthers within eight, 68-60, midway through the half. It would be as close as the Panthers would get the rest of the way.

The Panthers play a non-conference game Tuesday at Selma University.