WINCHESTER, Va. -- Senior Breven Lyons drilled through a three-point shot to give No. 8 ranked Virginia Wesleyan College a 66-49 lead with 6:21 remaining in Wednesday's men's basketball game at Shenandoah University where the visiting Marlins held off the host Hornets for a 76-68 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).
Sophomore Khory Moore (Arlington/Wakefield School)hit another triple for the Marlins to produce a 72-57 lead with 3:12 on the clock, before the Marlins coasted in for the win. While VWC improved to 12-2 overall and to 4-1 in the league, Shenandoah dropped to 1-13 and 0-5.
Junior Malcolm Clark (Washington, D.C./Cesar Chavez) ignited a final scoring surge for the Hornets, netting 12 of his game-high 26 points in the final six minutes to help Shenandoah reduce the Marlins' final margin of victory. He hit 10-of-15 field goal attempts recorded a game-high 10 rebounds.
Four Marlins finished in double-figure scoring, led by senior Cam Owens (Centreville/Centreville)and Moore with 15 points each. Both players hit five field goals each, including a trio of triples. Senior Greg Mongtomgery (Virginia Beach/Princess Anne) and Lyons (Newport News/Warwick) added 11 points each for VWC, which hit for 11 triples to help create breathing room in the second half.
Virginia Wesleyan led only 34-33 at halftime and fell behind 42-38 in the first five minutes of the second half. But, the Marlins came back strong with crucial long-range shooting as sophomore Tim Jones (Richmond/Henrico) and Owens drilled through two triples each and junior Nick Doyle (Franklin/Southampton) to fuel a 21-5 scoring run in a seven-minute span, pushing Virginia Wesleyan out to a 59-47 lead with 8:35 remaining to be played.
After Clark slowed the surge by hitting a pair of free throws, the Marlins picked up the pace again with a 7-0 run, led by Lyons with five points, to give Virginia Wesleyan its 66-49 lead with 6:21 on the clock.
Virginia Wesleyan finished with a 40-36 advantage on the backboards, led by sophomore Kaelin Poe (Hampton/Kecoughtan) and Montgomery with nine rebounds each. Poe also produced a game-leading four blocks.
Antwan Pittman (Washington, D.C./Ballou) joined Clark in double digit scoring for Shenandoah, finishing with 10 points.
Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Saturday, Jan. 17, hosting Emory & Henry College's Wasps in ODAC play beginning at 4:30 p.m.