Men's Basketball Battles Tough In Overtime Defeat

Men's Basketball Battles Tough In Overtime Defeat

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team fell, 99-88, to the University of Mary Washington in overtime Wednesday evening in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the loss, the Marlins go to 4-3 on the year while the Eagles improve to 5-2.

The first half was played extremely tight with neither team able to pull away by more than five points. Virginia Wesleyan would hold the lead at the end of the period though, courtesy of a convereted "and-one" from Corey Pelham that put the Marlins up 38-37. The second half told a similar story as Mary Washington jumped out to a small early lead but the Marlins never trailed by more than six. The Eagles would hold their miniscule lead for the 19:59 seconds of the half, that is until Percy Burt nailed a 3-pointer to tie it up in the stanza's final second.

In the overtime period, the Marlins offense slowed while the Eagles picked up pace. Some missed opportunities and some solid shooting at the other end gave UMW the victory.

Pelham had a career night, going 8-15 from 3-point land and finishing with a career-high 28 points. Tim Fisher excelled in the middle of the zone, coming away with his third double-double in as many games (15 points / 11 rebounds). Keijon Honore did well excelled at the point guard position as well, dishing out seven dimes, just one shy of his career record.

Men's basketball returns to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the team heads inland to take on the Maroons of Roanoke.