VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team defended the Jane P. Batten Student Center Saturday afternoon as the team dropped Washington and Lee, 87-77. With the win, the Marlins improve to 4-2 overall and remain unbeaten in conference action at 2-0. The Generals slide to 4-3 on the year and go to 0-2 in ODAC play.
The first 10 minutes of play was evenly matched as both teams racked up a quick 10 points but then the Marlins pulled away a bit as the team went on an 11-2 run spearheaded by 3-pointers from R.J. Nicholson and Damon Showers. W&L would nullify the run but was unable to find their way back into the game as the Marlins took a 43-47 lead into the half.
Mimicking the first half, at around the 15 minute mark, the Marlins went on another run, this time outscoring the Generals 10-3. VWU maintained a comfortable lead through the remainder of the half, never allowing Washington and Lee to get within a single possession.
R.J. Nicholson played extremely well on the offensive as he cashed in a career-high 20 points. The senior showed all types of range as he knocked down three 3-pointers and also finished at the rim with a pair of converted "and-1s". Also pitching in on the offensive side of things were Tim Fisher with 15 points, Keijon Honore with 14 and Lamont Steward with 10.
Underneath the hoop, the Marlins dominated as they outrebounded the Generals 52-40. Percy Burt hauled in a career-high 15 while Fisher's 11 gave him his second double-double in as many games (third of the season).
Men's basketball will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday as the squad hosts Mary Washington University. It will be a special game for Head Coach Dave Macedo as he currently sits at 399 wins, all of which have come as the head coach of the Marlins.