VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team was narrowly defeated by Salisbury University, 55-52, Tuesday afternoon in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the loss, the Marlins fall to 1-2 on the season while the Sea Gulls remain unbeaten (4-0).
The Marlins jumped out to an early 8-2 lead against their Maryland rivals, courtesy of 3-pointers from Lamont Steward and Keijon Honore. Salisbury battled back though, and kept it within a one possession game until the five-minute mark when they spurred forward to take a 29-21 lead. Over the final two minutes, the Marlins got back on track using a 7-3 run to narrow the deficit to just four points at the half.
Entering the second half, VWU seemed to have the upperhand using a handful of lay ups to reclaim the lead and go up 38-32. The team would hold that lead until the two-minute mark, when Salisbury slowly chipped away and went up a single point. The teams would battle until the finish with the Sea Gulls eventually coming out on top.
Tim Fisher worked hard in the paint all game, as he led the team in rebounds and points en route to his first double-double of the year and second of his career (15 pts, 11 REB). Pitching in on the offense was Lamont Steward who finished the night with 13 points.
Men's basketball returns to action at 4 p.m. on Sunday as the squad hosts Guilford for their first bit of ODAC action.