FERRUM, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University held on to earn a 77-75 victory over Ferrum Saturday afternoon on the road. With the win, the Marlins improve to 13-12 on the season and move to 11-5 in ODAC play. The win also secures the teams spot in the top six of the ODAC standings and the team will have to wait for other conference games to conclude to figure out what their seed in the ODAC Championship will be.
It was a solid first half as the Marlins never trailed. After getting out to an early 5-0 lead, thanks in part to a Keijon Honore game-opening 3-pointer, the game settled into an even match up. Near the four-minute mark, Lamont Steward nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to give them give the team a little separation and VWU went into the half up 39-32.
The Marlins did well to maintain that cushion through the first couple of minutes of the second, but the Panthers pressed forward, slowly chipping away and eventually taking a 54-53 lead in 12:07. Over the course of the next seven minutes the teams went back-and-forth as the lead changed hands nine times. Tied 66-66 with three minutes left in regulation, the Marlins hit three buckets to give them little bit of a lead. Ferrum kept things interesting though battling back to get the score within three with just seconds remaining. They would resort to fouling which brought Tyree Golston to the line with just three seconds to go. The sophomore missed his first, but made his second all but icing the game.
All five of the starters for Virginia Wesleyan came away in double digit scoring, with R.J. Nicholson's 17 leading the way. Corey Pelham finished with 15 points all on 3-pointers while Steward and Tim Fisher ended with 14.
Under the hoop, Steward grabbed a team-high 10 boards to complete his double-double. Fisher was just one board shy as he registered nine rebounds.