Steward Double-Double Lifts VWU to Win
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- Sophomore Lamont Steward posted a double-double as the Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team defeated Greensboro College 101-83 on Friday night in the Roger Taylor Invitational at N.C. Wesleyan.
Steward finished the contest with 18 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double, both coming this season. Friday's win was the sixth-straight for the Marlins to start the season, one off the start set by the 2013-14, a team that finished the year 24-7.
Just like Wednesday, the Marlins jumped out to a fast start, taking a commanding 50-34 lead into halftime. The Marlins shot 48.3% from the field before intermi-ssion, going 7-for-14 from three-point range. The VWU defense held Greensboro to just 31.4% shooting and a 3-for-15 effort from long distance.
Greensboro held the lead just three times, at 2-0, 4-2, and 9-7, before the Marlins took command.
The Pride still managed to keep it close, trailing by just four at 33-29 with 7:21 to play before the break. A 17-6 run allowed the Marlins to pull away. The run started with an R.J. Nicholson three-pointer. Four Tyree Golston free throws, a Corey White, Jr. layup, and a Khalil Barnette three-pointer put the Marlins up 14, 45-31 with 3:43 to go. Keijon Honore scored four of the final six points in the spurt.
Darus Maddox led Greensboro (1-3) with 20 points as Trey Smith and Keyford Langley tallied 14 points each.
Golston led the Marlins with a career-high 21 points off the bench. Joining Golston and Steward in double-figures was Nicholson who finished with 15 points. Honore added 14 points and six assists and White, Jr. contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.
Virginia Wesleyan (6-0) faces N.C. Wesleyan College (3-3) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the final game of the Roger Taylor Invitational.