VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team fell, 79-71, to Guilford at home on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Marlins move to 10-7 overall and an even .500 (4-4) in conference play. Guilford improves to 9-8 on the season (5-3 ODAC).
Both offenses were booming in the first half, especially from beyond the arc. The Marlins went 10-17 from 3-point land, with R.J. Nicholson hitting four himself. Guilford never backed down though, knocking down six 3-pointers of its own. The stanza was played tight, with neither team going down by more than five, and ended knotted at 41 a piece.
In the second, the Quakers took an early lead, going up by five. VWU stormed back though, taking the lead at the 14:33 mark, on back-to-back Corey Pelham 3-pointers. The contest would continue to be tight up until around the nine-minute mark when Guilford would go on a 17-9 run to close out the game.
As a team, the Marlins finished with 17 made 3-pointers, tying the season high. Percy Burt and Nicholson led the squad with 16 points each, with Pelham adding 12 of his own.
Underneath the hoop Lamont Steward nabbed a team-high eight boards to go along his 10 points.
Men's basketball returns to action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as the squad hosts Hampden-Sydney, who they previously defeated 81-54 earlier in the season.