Transy falls to Maryville in overtime

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - Maryville's Greg Hernandez had 24 points and 20 rebounds Wednesday, leading the Scots to a 75-69 overtime win over Transylvania in non-conference basketball action.

Transy is 9-8 overall while the Scots, winners of seven in a row, are 15-2.

Transy senior guard Tim Tierney had nine points, 10 rebounds, and five assists for the Pioneers and now has 983 points for his Transy career.

Maryville survived a missed three by Transy's Chris Owens at the end of regulation after the Pioneers throughout much of the second half. The Scots then went on to outscore the Pioneers 13-7 in overtime as four Transy players fouled out.

Barrett Meyer led Transy with 16 points and Owens added 15. Brandon Rash tossed in 12 points. Owens grabbed eight rebounds and Meyer added seven. Wes Lamber added 15 points for Maryville.

The Pioneers missed their first five shots of the game and fell behind the Scots 9-0 in the early going. Maryville went ahead by 10, 16-6, with 11 1/2 minutes to go in the first half before Transy rallied. Rash scored six straight points to pull the visitors to within one, 18-17, at the 8:55 mark.

A pair of Drew Kring free throws drew the Pioneers even for the first time of the night, 19-19, with just over eight minutes to go.

Tierney scored the final five points of the half and his three-pointer gave the Pioneers their first lead of the half and a 33-30 advantage at intermission. Transy shot 40 percent from the field in the first half, compared to 37 percent for the home team.

Owens, who was three for three from the field, led Transy with seven first-half points while Hernandez had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the opening period for Maryville.

Transy built its advantage to as many as eight points in the second half before Maryville rallied to within two points, 45-43, at the 10:52 mark.

Maryville finally tied the score in the late going, but could not regain the lead in regulation. Owens missed a three at the buzzer which could have won the game, but instead it went to overtime tied 62-62.

Transy finished the game shooting 37 percent from the field compared to 41.5 percent for the Scots. Transy had eight three-pointers to seven for Maryville, but the home team outscored the Pioneers 24-11 from the free throw line.

Each team had 42 rebounds and each made just 12 turnovers.

The Pioneers, 5-3 and in third place in the Heartland Conference standings, return to league play on Saturday, traveling to Bluffton for a 4 p.m. matchup.

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