VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team downed Eastern Mennonite University at home Wednesday evening in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the win, the Marlins improve to 13-7 overall and 7-4 in conference play. EMU slides to 8-11 on the season (3-8).
It was a tight battle the entire game with the Marlins holding a slight edge over the Royals for the majority of the time. Midway through the second half though, EMU surpassed the Marlins to take a 56-52 lead. Then, sophomore Lamont Steward came alive. The Norfolk, Va. native sank two from the charity stripe to get them within two and then drilled a 3-pointer off a Tyree Golston steal to give the Marlins the lead back. Steward then banged home another three to make it a two-possession game with just 5:19 left in regulation.
Switching to distributor, the guard/forward found Percy Burt in the paint for back-to-back easy put-aways. In all, the team went on a 12-0 run over 4:33, with Steward being a part of each score. That would be enough to seal the third-straight victory for the VWU.
As one could have guessed, Steward as the team's lead scorer with 19 coming off the bench. He was helped by Burt's 15 and Golston's 14.
The Marlins did well to possess the ball on the evening, limiting themselves to just nine turnovers while dishing out 15 assists. Honore took the lead there, scooping six dimes.
Men's basketball returns to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the team travels to Washington and Lee for a battle with the Generals.