Men's Basketball's Second Half Surge Sends Panthers Packing

Men's Basketball's Second Half Surge Sends Panthers Packing

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Thanks to a second half surge, the Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team earned a key in-conference win over ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) newcomer, Ferrum College. After a closely contested first half, the Marlins thoroughly outplayed the Panthers en route to a 70-57 victory.

 
After some back and forth basketball to begin the contest, Ferrum was able to distance itself from the Marlins as they held an early 20-12 lead after nine minutes of play. However, Virginia Wesleyan toughened up on the defensive end of the floor as the Panthers only scored six additional points. Ferrum finished the first half shooting 42.3% from the floor compared to Virginia Wesleyan's 37%. Despite a 26-26 tie at halftime, Ferrum was yet to attempt a free throw while the Marlins cashed in on 5-of-11 free throw attempts.

Ferrum was able to challenge Virginia Wesleyan well into the second half largely due to Marcus Huff's 15 points in the period. But it was Lamont Steward who helped the Marlins pull away from the Panthers behind 19 second half points while shooting 8-9 from the field. In addition to improved shooting, the Marlins only committed three turnovers in the final 20 minutes of play compared to 12 in the first half. This upgraded offensive efficiency guided the Marlins to a comfortable 13-point victory.
 
Tim Fisher also played a key role in the win as he scored 17 points and snagged 13 rebounds for another double-double.
 
With the win, the Marlins (8-10, 6-3 ODAC) secure their 4th place position in their conference while Ferrum (3-15, 2-7 ODAC) falls to 11th. Coach Macedo's squad will be back in action this coming Wednesday for a 7 p.m. Ashland showdown with national power Randolph-Macon (15-2, 7-1 ODAC).