(LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, GA) - The 2019 USA South Men's Basketball Tournament championship game took place on Saturday, February 23 on the campus of Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia as West second-seeded Maryville defeated East second-seeded Methodist, 79-67, to capture the USA South Tournament title for the second consecutive year.
In the first half, Maryville jumped out to a 15-point lead, its largest of the opening 20 minutes of play to take a 41-26 lead into halftime. The Scot margin would swell to 17 points before Methodist went on a 19-6 run to cut the deficit to four with just under ten minutes to play. The two teams would go back and forth until Maryville pulled away late to claim the crown.
Maryville was led by Emier Bowman who scored a game-high 23 points with four rebounds and one steal. For his efforts during the tournament, Bowman was named the Most Valuable Player. Additionally, Dante Hoppa contributed 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists for the Scots. Methodist was led by Kaymon Mitchell who had team-highs of 19 points and eight rebounds.
The 2019 USA South Men's Basketball All-Tournament Team:
Emier Bowman, Maryville (MVP)
Dante Burden, Methodist
Timothy Henry, Averett
Dante Hoppa, Maryville
Kaymon Mitchell, Methodist
Calvin Songster, Maryville
|2019 USA South Men's Basketball Tournament Schedule|
|First Round - Tuesday, February 19 (games played at higher-seeded team)
Game 1: #4 East-Averett - 82 #1 East-N.C. Wesleyan - 78
Game 2: #3 West-LaGrange - 77 #2 West-Maryville - 91
Game 3: #4 West-Huntingdon - 66 #1 West-Covenant - 67
Game 4: #3 East-William Peace - 70 #2 East-Methodist - 104
|Semifinals - Friday, February 22 (played at Covenant College)
#4 East-Averett - 68 #2 West-Maryville - 77
#2 East-Methodist - 61 #1 West-Covenant - 56
|Final - Saturday, February 23 (played at Covenant College)
#2 East-Methodist - 67 #2 West-Maryville - 79
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