VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team narrowly fell to Christopher Newport University, 71-68, in the Townebank Crosstown Rivalry Game on Monday night in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the loss, the Marlins move to 8-2 on the season while CNU goes to 7-2.
Before the game, the Marlins and the Captains both gathered for a moment of silence to pay honor to the recently passed VWU assistant, Ben Moore. Moore was instrumental in the basketball world for the surrounding area, coaching at both the high school and collegiate level.
The first half saw the teams deadlocked as it seemed every basket was answered with another. Tyree Golston, who started over an injured Keijon Honore, came to play as the freshman had a couple pretty lay ups and finished the half with a team-high nine points.
Trailing by one going into the second, both team turned up the action. Percy Burt was the fire starter for the Marlins hitting a three in the corner that put the VWU up by its largest lead of the night (8 pts). He continued to get the crowd going as he found an open lane and tomahawked the ball through the hoop with 11:58 remaining in the half. As if that dunk wasn't enough, Corey White, Jr. stole the ball on the ensuing play and jammed home an open basket to put the Marlins up by 10 midway through the stanza.
Christopher Newport didn't lie still though, methodically chipping away at the lead with lay ups and free throws, until the teams came to a tie at 61 apiece with just over three minutes in regulation. Burt would make a three to put the Marlins up momentarily but it wasn't enough as a few offensive rebounds gave the Captains a chance to seal it in the final seconds.
Golston and Burt both put up 18 points on the evening, a career-high for No. 44. White, Jr. also put up double-digits with 10 of his own.
Men's basketball returns to the court at 2 p.m. on Dec. 30 as the squad travels to Mary Washington University to take on the Eagles.