VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team defeated Roanoke, 66-56, Saturday afternoon in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the result, the Marlin improve to 9-11 on the season and 7-4 in the conference. Roanoke slides to 14-6 on the year (7-4 ODAC).
This one was tight all throughout the first half, with the Maroons taking a slight lead midway through. A 10-4 run by the Marlins, spearheaded by four different Marlin scorers helped event he game at 21-21 midway through. The remaineder of the stanza would see the teams exchange leads multiple times but the Marlins finished on top 35-33, thanks to an R.J. Nicholson jumper.
The second half started out like the first with neither team able to pull way. Back-to-back 3-pointers at the 11-minute mark by Nicholson and Lamont Steward gave the Marlins a six-point lead and the squad never looked back. Tyree Golston scored seven-straight points on a couple nice drives into the lane to help maintain the edge and the Maroons were shut down on offense.
Steward finished his day with 17 points, including going 3-for-5 from 3-point land. Golston would pitch in 15 while Tim Fisher rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10.
As a team, the Marlins outrebounded their opponents 35-29, including nine from Fisher. Steward chipped in seven himself, including three big ones on the offensive glass.
Despite not shooting a single shot from the field, Keijon Honore played the role of point guard to a 'T', handing off four dimes on the afternoon.
Men's basketball will return to action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as the team squares off against Hampden-Sydney on the road.