Marlins Pull Away from Generals in 72-58 Win
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan College men's basketball team used a 19-7 second-half run to pull away from Washington and Lee University for a 72-58 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory Friday afternoon.
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was moved to Friday due to the impending snow storm in the Hampton Roads area. The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Marlins and is now the 31st win in the last 32 games against W&L.
The Generals jumped out to an early 9-2 lead when Andy Kleinlein converted a free throw at the 13:59 mark of the first half.
The Marlins battled back the remainder of the half, finally tying the contest at 23 on a Tim Jones three-pointer before taking their first lead, 26-25, on a Lamont Steward trifecta with 3:17 to go until the half.
Virginia Wesleyan pulled ahead 28-25 on a Kaelin Poe layup before Clayton Murtha cut the lead back to one on a pair of free throws. Murtha finished the half with eight points and seven rebounds.
Devin Kearns gained the lead back for W&L with 1:10 to go as Joe Wiencek found him for an open three-pointer. The Marlins charged forward for the halftime edge behind layups from Khory Moore and Percy Burt.
The two squads continued to battle back and forth for most of the second half as the visiting Generals looked poised for a win in Virginia Beach for the first time since the 1990-91 season.
Leading 53-51 with 8:48 to play, Kleinlein fouled Keijon Honore on a three-point try. The sophomore guard converted all three to start what would become the 19-7 run that ended the game. The Virginia Wesleyan defense held W&L to two baskets the remainder of the game, a layup by Murtha and a jumper from Kearns.
Moore slammed home a dunk off a Jones assist on the next time up the floor for a 58-53 lead at the 6:21 mark. Following a made free throw by both teams, Honore raced up the floor after a Moore steal, converting on a traditional three-point play for a 62-54 lead. Honore was not finished, knocking down a three the next time up the court for a 65-56 edge, followed by a Jones attempt from deep to put the Marlins up 12.
Murtha led Washington and Lee (5-8/1-3) with 20 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double in the last five games. Kleinlein contributed 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
Moore led the Marlins with 17 points as Jones registered a balanced line of 11 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Four more Marlins posted at least seven points to spread out the scoring effort.
Virginia Wesleyan (9-4/2-2) travels to Eastern Mennonite University (7-5/1-2) Wednesday for a 7 p.m. ODAC start.