Honore Carries Men to 92-79 Win in Battle with Lynchburg

Honore had a career-high 29 points in Saturday's win over Lynchburg
Honore had a career-high 29 points in Saturday's win over Lynchburg

Honore Carries Men to 92-79 Win in Battle with Lynchburg

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. --  Sophomore Keijon Honore scored a career-high 29 points on Saturday as the Virginia Wesleyan College men's basketball team defeated Lynchburg College 92-79 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play.

The Marlins have now won 32 of the last 33 games against Lynchburg, falling on the road in 2015. The 92 points are the most VWC has scored in the series since a 93-73 victory in the 2013-14 season.

Lynchburg held the momentum heading into the halftime break as Zack Burnett was fouled on a three-pointer as time expired, converting all three shots to trim the Marlin lead to 46-44.

The Hornet defense tried to stop the league's top perimeter offense with a 1-3-1 zone, but good ball movement resulted in a 13-for-30 mark (43.3%) from three-point range for VWC. That mark, combined with Lynchburg going 7-for-26 (26.9%) from deep helped ensure the home victory.

Despite the momentum, LC could not take the lead from the Marlins. The Hornets rallied to tie the game at 57 at the 15:46 mark on a pair of Logan Seacrist free throws, but the Marlins quickly answered as Khalil Barnette found Lamont Steward for a three-pointer in the corner. That shot started an 11-1 run to put the Marlins up 68-58 with 13 minutes to play.

Lynchburg cut the gap to 72-68 on a Connor Schroeder three and seven Burnett points. The four-point gap was the closest the Hornets would get as the Marlins responded with another run, 9-0 over the next 3:08, to pull away 81-68.

The Hornets tried to rally, but the Marlins maintained a double-digit lead behind several key shots. Honore tallied four points and an assist down the stretch to secure the win while Khory Moore added four on a dunk and a pair of free throws.

Burnett posted a game-high 37 points for Lynchburg (9-6/3-3), making 14 free throws in the contest. Schroeder finished with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Honore finished with 29 points, well passing his previous best of 18 points set at Roanoke College in December. He was 10-of-12 from the field with four made threes, missing just one field goal attempt in each half.

Moore joined Honore in double-figures with 21 points, his 12 game (out of 15) of 20-plus points. He also added a team-high eight rebounds. Andre Banks contributed 11 points and five rebounds.

Virginia Wesleyan (11-4/4-2) travels to Bridgewater College (5-10/2-4) Wednesday for a 7 p.m. ODAC start.