Transy Cash-es in with run at the end

Aaron Cash was spending a quiet second half as Transylvania was fighting off a comeback by Maryville at the Beck Center Thursday night.

The Pioneers had lost all of a 10-point halftime lead, regained it during a string of four consecutive free throws but still could not put away the pesky Scots.

Then Cash delivered, first nailing a three-pointer, his third of the game, then driving for a layup and adding the free throw. A 75-74 lead became an 81-74 edge with 57 seconds left.

Even then, Maryville got within two points before Transylvania hung on for an 85-79 victory.

"Hairy? I guess," Cash said. "We got an opening inside. I drove and got a foul."

Transylvania Coach Brian Lane said, "We really needed something to happen then. He plays so strong."

The Pioneers (5-1) needed something to outlast a 26-point performance by the Scots' Eryk Watson.

After intermission, Watson scored Maryville's first eight points, including a pair of three-pointers. He had 10 points in less than four minutes, and his team stayed in contention the rest of the game.

Continuing their comeback, the Scots (4-4) later finished a 9-2 run for a 67-66 lead with 7:21 left.

Seconds later, at 6:59, Transy's Joey Verax was fouled while shooting, and Maryville's Tim Blakely was assessed a technical foul away from the play.

Verax, who finished with 20 points, put the Pioneers ahead for the last time.

"They took it to us in the second half, especially Watson," Transy Coach Brian Lane said. "We knew he would try to create off the dribble."

Verax said, "At halftime, we talked about trying to contain Watson, then he hit two threes right off the bat. A couple of other guys hit shots, and they stayed with us."

Transylvania took control of the first half after eight lead changes. The Pioneers broke away from a 37-35 lead for a 49-39 advantage at the break.

The Pioneers were 9-for-17 from beyond the arc, but they tried to move the ball inside more in the second half.

Maryville improved to 50 percent from long range in the second half. The Scots missed their last two before time ran out. The teams combined for 21 of 44 long-range shots.

Cash finished with 18 points and a game-high six assists. Tim Tierney had 13 points, 11 in the first half. Chris Owens contributed 11 points. Verax led all rebounders with nine.