#16 Marlins Handle Frostburg St. 78-62 on Friday

#16 Marlins Handle Frostburg St. 78-62 on Friday

#16 Marlins Handle Frostburg St. 78-62 on Friday

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The No. 16-ranked Virginia Wesleyan College men's basketball team handled Frostburg State University, 78-62, Friday on the opening day of the Marlin Tip-Off Tournament.

The Marlins used several key advantages to take, and maintain, a large lead throughout the game. One was the turnover margin as VWC forced 19 while committing just nine. The other advantage was in rebounding margin.

Virginia Wesleyan held a 31-21 rebounding edge in the first half, but the biggest takeaway from the statistic was the fact that the Marlins corralled 17 offensive boards in the opening 20 minutes.

One of the biggest contributors on the glass was senior Kaelin Poe, who positioned himself for a career night, pulling in 10 rebounds in the first 3:08 of the game. He finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

The Marlins led just 5-4 with 14:58 to play in the first after Frostburg's Christopher Coston scored on a layup. Virginia Wesleyan reeled off a 20-5 run over the next 7:40 to jump in front 25-9.

Khory Moore started the run with a layup before stealing the ball from a Bobcat guard and racing up the court for the slam dunk. Josh Williams continued his good early play with a layup and a three-pointer to put VWC up 14-4.

Poe had four points in the run, all coming off offensive rebounds, while Tim Jones contributed five and Devin Garrett added two.

Frostburg State got no closer than 10 points the rest of the game, including an extended stretch in the second half where the hosts led by at least 20 points.

Tyler Michael finished with 18 points for Frostburg State (1-1), while Coston added 11 points and nine rebounds as Edwin Cole tallied nine points and 12 boards off the bench.

Moore finished with a game-high, 23 points, for the Marlins to go with nine rebounds. Jones added 11 points while Williams tallied 10 off the bench.

No. 16 Virginia Wesleyan (2-0) will face Concordia (Texas) University (1-0) in the championship game of the Marlin Tip-Off Tournament Saturday at 3 p.m. Frostburg State will face N.C. Wesleyan (0-1) in the consolation game at 1 p.m.