VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team defeated William Peace University, 78-63, Tuesday evening at the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the victory, the Marlins improve to 2-0 on the year while the Pacers drop to 0-2.
Over the first 10 minutes of the first half, the two sides exchanged buckets with neither able to muster any type of lead. A Tyree Golston 3-pointer jumpstarted an 11-4 run midway through though and the Marlins soon found themselves up 22-11 with just under eight to go. The Pacers climbed back a little ways but Daniel Spencer stole a pair of balls and dunked them on the otherside to deflate any momentum. At the half, the Marlins held a 41-23 lead.
Despite being outscored in the second half, the Marlins maintained a double-digit lead the entire time. Spencer hit another big three in the corner late disrupting any thoughts of a Pacer comeback. Virginia Wesleyan would end up cruising to a win for the second-straight contest.
Much like the season opener, the Marlins shot well from the field, finishing with a field goal percentage of 51.8%. Spencer was the key contributor as he dropped a team-high 23 points to go along with eight boards and five steals.
On the glass, Percy Burt was the leading rebounder as he corralled nine on the evening.
Men's basketball returns to action again at 7 p.m. on Monday as the team hosts Mid-Atlantic Christian University.