LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team was narrowly edged by No. 22 Lynchburg, 68-66, Saturday afternoon on the road. With the result the Marlins slide to 7-9 on the season and move to 5-2 in conference play. Lynchburg goes to 15-1 on the year (6-1 ODAC).
The entire game was a battle as neither team was able to conjure up a double-digit lead. The Marlins took an slight lead going 5-7 from the field over the first five minutes. Lynchburg was never far behind though taking the lead over the next five minutes. Thanks to 11 first-half points from Tim Fisher, Virginia Wesleyan held a 41-34 advantage going into halftime.
To start the second, the Hornets went on a little run to regain the lead midway through and for the final 10 minutes neither team was able to go up by more than two possessions. With a just over 30 seconds to go, things were tied 66-66 and the Marlins had a ball. A Lynchburg steal led to an easy lay up though, giving the Marlins 16 seconds to find a way to either tie or win it. Keijon Honore missed a shot and Fisher as unable to get the put back thus handing the Marlins just their second conference loss of the season.
Fisher finished the day with his seventh double-double of the season, racking up 15 points and 11 boards. Also chipping in on the afternoon was Tyree Golston, who nabbed 13 points from off the bench.
Men's basketball will return to action again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as the team welcomes Eastern Mennonite to town for another ODAC battle.