VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball held off Ferrum to complete the 60-56 victory Sunday afternoon in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the win, the Marlins improve to 5-1 on the season while moving to 1-0 in conference play. Ferrum slides to 2-4 on the year (0-1 ODAC).
The Marlin offense struggled to take hold as the team found themselves behind the Panthers, 33-26 at half. The deficit grew to as much as 12 points early in the second stanza, but Virginia Wesleyan began to slowly make its way back. Four minutes into the second half, Corey Pelham drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the arc. Tim Fisher followed that with an and-1 opportunity which he converted on. Just one minute after his first, Pelham then nailed another three and the Marlins would be back within four points.
That lead was held by Ferrum until the 9:39 mark as the slowly creeping Marlins took their first lead of the second and Pelham registered his third 3-pointer of the half. The lead would hold until the end of the game, but Ferrum made it interesting as they got within one point with 1:30 to go. Made baskets from the charity stripe by Fisher and Pelham would ice the game though, delivering the Marlins their first ODAC victory.
Underneath the hoop, Fisher was just a rebound shy of a double-double as he reeled in nine. Percy Burt aided the effort with seven.
Men's basketball returns to action again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as the team travels to the University of Mary Washington for a non-conference battle.