VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team was narrowly edged, 68-66, by Eastern Mennonite Wednesday evening in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the loss, the Marlins slide to 7-10 on the year while moving to 5-3 in conference play. Eastern Mennonite improves to 9-8 on the season (4-4 ODAC).
The Marlins got out to a quick start going up 18-6 over the first six minutes. VWU maintained its double-digit lead all the way until the five-minute mark of the first half, but the Royals made a 11-6 run to end the stanza diminishing the Marlin lead to 39-33 at the halftime intermission.
After the break, EMU took their first lead of the game early on and held onto it for the next ten minutes. The Marlins found some help off the bench though as Kelvin Nicholson forced two turnovers to bring it to a one possession game with just seven minutes to go. The Royals ran the lead back up again, but the Marlins turned to the bench again, this time Jordan White hitting a 3-pointer to tie it up at 66 a piece with just over a minute to go. Scoring halted for a moment until the Marlins found themselves with the ball and on 34 seconds left on the on the clock. Coach Macedo dialed up a play but a shot from Lamont Steward just rimmed out. The Royals broke down the court and with 1.4 seconds remaining, they hit a put back lay up that ended up being the difference maker.
Virginia Wesleyan's offense was led by Steward who had 16 points on the night. White also pitched in with a career-high 15 points and Fisher had 10.
On the boards, Fisher and Steward nearly achieved a double-double as they hauled in nine and eight rebound, respectively.
Men's basketball will return to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the squad welcomes Ferrum to the Batten Center.