VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team downed Shenandoah, 94-88, at the Jane P. Batten Student Center Wednesday evening. With the victory, VWU goes to 10-4 on the year, while improving to 4-1 in ODAC play. Shenandoah moves to 7-7 overall (2-3).
The first half was pretty even through 20 minutes, as the Marlins trailed by one possession, 44-41, going into the locker room for half. Most of the home squads scoring came from the bench as Tyree Golston and Tim Fisher each recorded 10 points.
Play continued to be even through the beginning of the second stanza until around the 13-minute mark. It was here that momentum swung in the Marlins' favor. It began with Golston making a smooth pass in the lane, giving Corey White, Jr. an easy lay in. R.J. Nicholson then used his strength in the paint on the next possession to earn an offensive put back. Following that, Tim Fisher drove hard to the paint and dumped the ball Devin Garrett who finished at the rim. The Marlins were now only up 66-60, but the home side was starting to feel it.
The Hornets were determined to come back though, cutting the lead to four with two minutes left. They would call a timeout to regain footing but Coach Macedo drew up the pressure on the ensuing inbounds pass causing a Shenandoah turnover. This would put the nail in it as the Marlins captured a crucial conference win.
As a team, Virginia Wesleyan shot 50% (36-for-72) from the field, recording the second-most made baskets this season. Leading the way was Lamont Steward, who collected 20 on the night. Following him was Keijon Honore with 16 and Golston, Fisher and Percy Burt who all finished with 10.
Burt controlled the paint for the Marlins, pulling in a team-high seven boards, including four on the offensive glass. Fisher pitched in six as well.
Honore did well to distribute the ball for the home side, collecting six dimes while Fisher nabbed a career-high four. All together the team had 19 assists compared to only 11 turnovers.
Men's basketball returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday as the squad travels to Roanoke to take on the Maroons.