Men's Basketball Drops Close Contest to Maroons

Men's Basketball Drops Close Contest to Maroons

SALEM, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team fell, 83-77, to Roanoke on the road Saturday afternoon. With the defeat, Virginia Wesleyan moves to 10-5 on the year and 4-2 in conference play. Roanoke improves to 9-6 overall (2-4 ODAC).

The first half was played very close as the lead changed hands eight times. Lamont Steward hit a 3-pointer in the dying moments of the period to put the Marlins up, 39-37, going into the intermission.

Roanoke got out to a quick start to open up the second frame, pulling ahead by nine points over the first five minutes. VWU powered back though, scoring 10 unanswered, to regain the lead. At the 5:56 mark, the teams were knotted at 67s but the Maroons would score the next two baskets to take the last lead it would need.

Steward recorded 22 points on the evening, leading all Marlins. RJ Nicholson turned in a solid day, scoring a career-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Corey White, Jr. would pitch in 10 points as well.

Despite the loss, VWU dominated the glass, outrebounding the Maroons 37-26. Steward pulled in seven boards for the Marlins, with Corey White, Jr. chipping in six.

Men's basketball returns to the court at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as it travels to Bridgewater to take on the Eagles.