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By GOOSE LINDSAY
It had been 30 days since the Roane State Raiders last played a basketball game, but Randy Nesbit’s squad didn’t seem a bit rusty Monday night as they rolled to an 87-51 victory over the junior varsity squad from Maryville College.
Although the 36-point margin of victory shows the level of Roane State’s domination, things could have been worse for the visiting Scots as Roane State built a 32-point lead at one point in the first half and it appeared that the Raiders could have won by 60 points or more if they wanted.
Things were fairly close early on as the Scots trailed just 16-10 after making a basket with 13:10 to play in the opening half, but it would be 10:30 before Maryville scored again and by that time the Raiders had nearly enough points to win the game. Roane State scored 26 points over that span to take a 42-10 lead late in the half.
Maryville did outscore the Raiders 7-4 over the final 2:40 of the half, but home crowd didn’t seem to mind as Roane State led 46-17 at halftime.
Solid passing was one key to Roane State’s first half domination as the Raiders had assists on their first 15 baskets and they ended the first 20 minutes of play with 17 assists on 20 made baskets.
The second half would be a little more competitive as Roane State’s lead fluctuated between 27 and 38 points, before Nesbit’s squad settled for the 36-point margin of victory at the end.
Seven players scored eight or more points on the night led by Keith Bauer’s 22 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Larriques Cunningham was next in line with 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while Camile Ngon a’ Ngon (14 points, 5 rebounds) gave the Raiders a third player in double figures.
Quintele Clinkscales (9 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals), Jarail Rakestraw (8 points, 5 steals), B.J. Ware (8 points, 4 assists) and Dan Schultz (8 points, 3 assists) all came within one basket of scoring in double figures.
The Raiders play tonight at Vincennes University in Indiana and they return home Sunday for a home game against Clinton College.
Roane State (87) Bauer 22, Cunningham 16, Ngon a’ Ngon 14, Rakestraw 8, Schultz 8, Ware 8, Clinkscales 9, McBorrough 2.