VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team came away with a win Wednesday evening as it defeated Hampden-Sydney, 69-63, in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the victory, the Marlins improve to 11-7 on the year and move to 5-4 in conference play. Hampden-Sydney goes to 4-15 on the season (1-8 ODAC).
The Marlins got off to an early lead, going up 8-2 over the first 2:58 of the game. Hampden-Sydney marched back though, halting any sort of run before it got to double-digits. The teams would trade baskets all the way up to the intermission, where VWU took a 38-32 lead into the locker room.
The second period proved to be much like the first with the Marlins maintaining the lead yet unable to pull away. Unfortunately, leading scorer Lamont Steward tweaked an ankle and was sidelined early in the stanza and the Tigers pounced taking their first lead of the night at the 4:19 mark. It didn't last long though, as Tyree Golston tucked a 3-pointer away after a home timeout to put the Marlins back on top, 59-57. Golston would go on to score seven of the next 10 points for VWU allowing for some free throws to all but seal up the game.
Despite missing a majority of the second half, Steward put up a nice defensive showing, collecting seven boards and three rejections.
Men's basketball returns to the hardwood at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the squad heads to Lynchburg to take on the Hornets.