The Scots improve to 10-8 overall and 7-5 in the M-SEC with the win. Scotland hosts M-SEC co-leader Seventy-First tonight at 7:30 in Laurinburg. The game will be a big test for the Scots, who lost 69-50 at Seventy-First on Jan. 6.
Scotland is as hot as it's been all season with four straight wins.
"The best thing coming out of this is that those kids are starting to get some confidence, and I can't teach them that," said first-year SHS head coach Mike Ritchie. "Winning breeds winning, and the more you win, the more you expect to win."
Scotland was led in scoring by junior shooting guard Mo Covington, who had 11 points. Power forward James Robinson followed up a 20-point performance against Richmond on Friday with seven against the Bucks on Tuesday, and forward Dominique Clark also had seven points.
Scotland beat Hoke despite coming up with its second lowest scoring game of the year.
"It was a low-scoring game," said Ritchie. "Neither team shot the ball real well. Our defense has won us some games this year, and this was one of them.
"Our kids just continue to fight, and they are finding different ways to win. That's the sign of a quality basketball team."
Ritchie has been looking forward to his team's twice delayed rematch with Seventy-First for some time. He knows it's a measuring stick for his team, and he is hoping to have a strong home-court advantage for tonight's game.
"We need a full house," he said.