From Hendrix Sports
Cody Usher, Sports Information Director
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Hendrix College men’s basketball lost a 94-84 thriller in double overtime to Maryville College on the final day of the Music City Classic.
The Warriors (3-6) led the entire first half, thanks to a hot start. The Orange and Black jumped out to a 21-6 lead over the first 6:50 of the contest and shot 64 percent (9-of-14) over that span. The Scots (9-1) chipped at the lead, outscoring the Warriors 27-14 the rest of the half. Hendrix took a 35-33 lead into the break.
The second half saw five ties and five lead changes. Hendrix had a six-point lead early in the half, but Maryville fought back to take a 60-56 lead with 6:56 left. The Warriors outscored the Scots 14-6 to move into a 70-66 advantage with 36 seconds left. A three-pointer by Maryville’s Calvin Songster with 28 seconds left cut their deficit to one. Sophomore guard Ryan Brady hit a free throw with 20 ticks remaining to give Hendrix a two-point lead. Songster hit a jumper with six seconds left to force overtime.
Hendrix led 77-74 with 52 seconds left in the first overtime after a jumper in the paint by senior guard Hank Aldous. Maryville tied it up eight seconds later with a Songster three. Neither team got a shot off in the final 44 seconds of the period.
The Scots outscored the Warriors 17-7 in the second overtime to take control of the game.
For the game, Hendrix shot 43.6 percent (24-of-55) from the field, 7-of-17 from three-point range and 29-of-48 from the free throw line. They also recorded 49 rebounds, 13 assists, 28 turnovers, two blocks and seven steals.
Maryville shot 42.7 percent (32-of-75) overall, 11-of-30 from outside and 19-of-31 at the line with 41 boards, 20 assists, 17 turnovers, five blocks and 10 steals.
– Aldous finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.
– Senior center Gearen Littlefield had 20 points, going 10-of-13 at the free throw line, with nine boards and a pair of steals.
– Sophomore guard Preston Smith also scored 20 points with four boards, two assists and three steals.
– Senior guard Travis Garrett had 16 points and tied his career-high with six rebounds.
– Freshman guard Jacob Link recorded three points, eight rebounds and four assists.
– Songster led the Scots with 27 points.
– Jay Bowyer scored 15 points and dished out six assists.
– Dante Hoppa scored 14 points with five rebounds.
– Colt Nokes had 13 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Hendrix will travel to Shreveport, La. to face Centenary College of Louisiana on Monday.