WINCHESTER, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University Men's Basketball team defeated the Shenandoah Hornets this past Wednesday to improve to 12-12 on the year and 10-5 in the ODAC. Four Marlins scored in double figures with Lamont Steward dropping 23 points and Tim Fisher recording a double-double with 19 rebounds and 16 points.
The Marlins set the tone early as Keijon Honore drilled a three-pointer for the game's opening basket after a steal from Tim Fisher. The Hornets however were able to stay competitive with Virginia Wesleyan behind a few quality jump shots from Christopher Chaney who had 10 points in the first half and 20 total.
Despite this, Coach Dave Macedo's squad began to pull away from Shenandoah midway through the first half. This came from a string of baskets from the Marlins bench where R.J. Nicholson, Kelvin Nicholson, and Tyree Golston all contributed to give Virginia Wesleyan an eight-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Shortly after, Lamont Steward showed off his versatility as he knocked down a jump shot, stole the ball from Shenandoah, then knocked down a three-pointer. The Marlins were able to ride this momentum into halftime as they were leading by nine points before the start of the second period.
Shenandoah however, showed no signs of fading away as the Marlin lead was cut to only two points early in the second half. A chain of baskets from Corey Pelham and Tim Fisher however re-extended their team's lead back to a comfortable 10 points.
The Hornets while never truly fading away, were unable to chip away at the Virginia Wesleyan lead. This was in part thanks to Tim Fisher who had 11 points and 15 rebounds in the second half. Ten of those boards were snagged on the offensive end of the floor. Corey Pelham also helped out as he knocked down a trifecta of threes in the second half. Lamont Steward also continued to have a fantastic game as he had 16 second half points on 6-10 shooting. This, coupled with an improvement in free throw shooting from 60.0 % to 78.6 % guided the Marlins to a comfortable road win.
Other than a 9-8 deficit early in the first half, the Marlins never trailed during the evening. Despite losing the turnover battle by four, Virginia Wesleyan outrebounded and outshot Shenandoah by snagging 49 rebounds compared to Shenandoah's 38 and shooting 43.1 % from the floor compared to Shenandoah's 38.2 %.
The Marlins will be back on the road again as they take on an ODAC newcomer in the Ferrum Panthers (5 – 19, 4 – 11 ODAC). Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 PM.