The Maryville Scots came into Sunday’s game against the LaGrange College Panthers perfect for 2014.
They lost their final game in 2013, but since the calendar turned to the new year, they’d won 12 straight games.
That winning streak is now a thing of the past, though, thanks to the Panthers, who walked away with a 94-88 overtime victory at Mariotti Gym.
Mark Wagner made a 3-pointer late in regulation to even things up at 79-79, and that was the score heading into overtime.
The Panthers dominated the five-minute extra period, going up by as many as nine points before winning by six.
The win capped a perfect weekend for the Panthers, who beat Piedmont 96-83 on Saturday.
The Panthers (14-9 overall) improved to 8-4 in the USA South, and the Scots (16-7) are now 11-1 in the conference.
“We overcame adversity today and grew up,” LaGrange College coach Kendal Wallace said after the Maryville game. “(Patrick) Dugger and (Nick) Mitchell played strong in the paint, which is something we’ve tried to emphasize all year.
“Down the stretch we executed well and got big buckets by (Mark) Wagner and Denzel (Robinson). Donta Daniels was also a huge spark off the bench.”
Dugger had a dominant game with 31 points and 11 rebounds, and he also had six blocks.
Dugger, who played 42 of the game’s 45 minutes, took 19 shots and made 14 of them.
Mitchell also had a huge game with 25 points, and he was 11-of-16 from the field while playing 39 minutes.
Wagner, who played 41 minutes, made 7-of-12 attempts from the field and scored 20 points.
For the game, the Panthers made 59 percent of their shot attempts, while the Scots were 45 percent from the field.
The Scots went to the locker room with the lead after ending the first half on a 13-7 to go up 37-31.
The Scots led by as many as 12 points with 11:39 remaining, but the Panthers didn’t let the game get away from them, and with 3:20 left, Daniel’s basket tied it at 73-73.
With two minutes left, the Scots went up by three on a Christian Ford 3-pointer, but Wagner tied it 15 seconds later with a 3-pointer of his own.
The Panthers turned the ball over on their next two possessions, but the Scots missed three shots in the final 70 seconds.
The Scots started the overtime period strong, and they were ahead 85-81 with 3:33 left, but the Panthers came storming back.
Beginning with a Dugger tip-in, the Panthers went on a 13-0 run that didn’t end until Ford made a meaningless 3-pointer with six seconds left.
In Saturday’s game against Piedmont, the Panthers led 41-34 at the half, and they scored 55 points in the second half to win going away.
All five LaGrange College starters scored in double figures, including Dugger and Wagner, who had 16 points apiece.
Mitchell scored 19 points, Dustin Baxter had 14 points, and Robinson added 13 points.