VIRGNIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball escaped Wednesday evenings contest with a win, taking down Randolph-Macon College by a score of 56-54. With the win, the Marlins improve to 14-8 overall and 8-5 in conference play. The Yellow Jackets drop to 16-6 on the season (10-3 ODAC).
The game got off to a sluggish start with each team turning the ball over multiple times in the opening minutes. Virginia Wesleyan would go on an 11-4 run over at around the 15-minute mark to give them a little bit of a cushion moving forward. This cushion would last until half as the squad led 32-23, going into the locker room.
IN the second half, Randolph-Macon came to play, hardly missing from the field. Luckily, VWU's Tim Fisher was also in the zone. The freshman notched three straight buckets, blocked one shot and produced one steal to help the Marlins maintain a lead. After the pressure subsided the Marlins cruised all the way to the final minutes. As regulation was expiring, the Marlins missed a few at the charity stripe allowing RR-MC to attempt a heave at the end that ricocheted off the glass.
Defense was Va. Wesleyan's strong point on the night, forcing 17 turnovers from a team that averages just over 10 per game. The home side stole 10 passes on the night, led by Fisher's four. Virginia Wesleyan also did well to protect the rim as the Marlins recorded a season-high 10 rejections.
On the offensive side of things, Fisher led all scorers with 14 from off the bench which was a new career-high for the first year as well. Also reaching double-digits on the evening was Keijon Honore with 10.
Men's basketball will return to the court at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the squad heads to Guilford for another ODAC match up.