VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team returned to its winning ways as it downed Roanoke, 58-55, in the Jane P. Batten Student Center Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Marlins improve to 8-1 on the year and remain perfect in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play (2-0).
The entire first half was a close battle, with neither team able to pull away from the other. Roanoke had the largest lead of four points 12 minutes in, but a Percy Burt 3-pointer narrowed it back to one. The Marlins would head into the locker room down just one, 25-24.
Just like the first stanza, the second saw a hard fought battle, where neither team controlled the scoreboard. With five minutes to go in regulation though, the Marlins finally pulled away, going on a 6-0 as the clock wound down to the one-minute mark. The run was capped by a Lamont Steward steal-to-dunk transition that put all the momentum in VWU's favor. The Maroons did not give up though, playing the foul game to try and slow down the clock. The plan almost worked as Roanoke narrowed the lead to three but with just under four seconds on the clock the Maroons attempt to send it to overtime failed.
Steward notched 19 points on the evening, continuing his streak of scoring in double digits every game this season. He was aided by Khalil Barnette, who collected nine of his own.
Distributing the ball for the Marlins was guard Keijon Honore, whose eight dimes set a new career record.
In the paint, Tim Fisher led all Marlins with seven boards.
Men's basketball will return to action at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 as it hosts Christopher Newport University in its final game before the academic semester break.