VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to the hands of Averett University, 63-59, in the Jane P. Batten Student Center Wednesday. With the loss, the Marlins drop to 7-1 on the year, while the Cougars improve to 5-1.
VWU came out firing to start the game as Keijon Honore knocked down a 3-pointer to solidify the game's first points. He would go on to hit another tre one minute later, sandwiching a Lamont Steward lay in and giving the Marlins a sizeable 8-1 lead through the first four minutes.
Averett slowly chipped away though, eventually taking the lead at the 9:03 mark. The Cougars would hold that lead until the half, although Marlins didn't let it get away from them as they trailed by just seven going into the locker room.
In the second, the team's found themselves in a deadlock, with the Cougars unable to pull away and the Marlins unable to carve too much into the lead. With three minutes to go in regulation though, the Marlins turned on the juice, starting with a Steward 3-pointer. The Marlins would go on a 9-1 run over the next 2.5 minutes, nearly erasing the Cougar lead and narrowing the score to 61-59. Virginia Wesleyan was unable to finish the comeback, unfortunately, as the Cougars pulled away with the victory.
Where the Marlins really shined was on the boards, outrebounding Averett 51-31 overall and 23-7 on the offensive glass. Steward hauled in a team-high 12 on the evening, followed closely by Corey White, Jr. with seven.
Offensively, Steward cashed in 18 points to secure his third double-double of the season. Honore also pitched in as he ended the night with 10.
Men's basketball returns to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the team hosts ODAC-foe Roanoke at home.